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Double Dummy in NOT the Vanderbilt
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Apologizes to Brian Platnick for the title.

About a week ago I posted the following Bidding Problem.

 

East
AQ4
K5
1063
KJ942
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
P
?

 

There were 27 votes for a stopperless 1NT, 11 for 2, and a solitary vote for 1.

Prelude.

I am playing in a club game with nice lady who, shall we say, has not mastered the finer points of the game. 

First board of second round, I pick up AQJ108 J10 A87 985

I open 1. The auction continues

W
N
E
S
1
P
2
2
P
2
P
P
3
P
P
P

After the hand is over, I ask "Are we playing 2/1 Game Force?"

"Yes. I was surprised when you passed over 2. We hadn't reach game. I didn't know what was going on."

Turns out her understanding of 2/1 Game Force is "you cannot pass until game is reached." Literally.  So when my RHO bid 2, I could not pass since we had not reached game. I wonder if this means we can never double for penalty below game level?

 

We reach the penultimate round with only a couple more hiccups. We've had our share of gifts. Of course, we have given a few away too. All in all  we have decent game going.

Sitting to my left is a Rank Novice. I played with her the week before in the Mentor-Mentee Game. In that game, she picked up a 4=1=4=4 eight-count. I opened 1NT (15-17), she bid Stayman, I replied 2. She passed.

Sitting to my right is the World's Worst Life Master. (I am not the one who gave her this title, but I do concur.)

First board.

East
Q9752
10853
J82
7
W
N
E
S
P
1
1
P
2
3
3
P
P
P

I lead my singleton and partner wins with the King.

 

East
Q9752
10853
J82
7
South
A104
J2
A9653
J42

What is the layout?

If you said partner is marked with the Ace and declarer the Queen, then you forgot you're not playing in the Vanderbilt. It is odds on that partner has the Queen and declarer the Ace. Sure enough, a low comes back, declarer plays the Ace, you ruff.

We reach the following 4-card ending with partner on lead.

West
KQ7
10
North
A964
East
Q9
108
South
J2
96
D

Partner leads a LOW . TWWLM studies this long and hard. Finally she plays low. Just another average board.

Finally, the hand that inspired the bidding poll.

East
AQ4
K5
1063
KJ942
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
P
1
P
2
P
P
P

At least I had one vote for my 1 call.

Opening lead is J. No one says a word about my 3-card suit. Partner goes up with A and discards from her hand. The opponents have a ten card fit.

I am not paying much attention to the play. Bad for my blood pressure. I am a little surprised when partner ruffs a in dummy and South over-ruffs.

Partner takes 11 tricks. I ask "How good was your hand?" She says "Good." "How good?" "Very good." I drop it.

The full hand 

West
A98764
KQ97
A86
North
J109872
32
J42
53
East
AQ4
K5
1063
KJ942
South
K653
QJ10
A85
Q107
D

Oh, South 1 overcall. She couldn't "open" 1 since they were playing 5-card majors. She couldn't "open" 1 since I bid 1. The "only thing I could do was open 1".

If you're interested,  we finished with 57%.

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