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How to Get Doubled in 6 Diamonds

So playing in the finals of the World Open Pairs in first chair all white you pick up:

West
6
AKQJ8432
AKJ5

What would you open? What is your plan?

ERROR: UNKNOWN USER "zia-mahmood" IN INTERNAL PROFILE LINK. Try username, email, or FIRSTNAME LASTNAME. and I ended up in the same contract with the same result, but we took a bit different approach to get there. So here's how Zia bid the hand:

W
N
E
S
1
P
P
X
P
1
1
3
4

That's right he bid 4 on his void, but he was not done yet...

 

The auction continued Pass, Pass, and fortunately RHO was there to bid 5. Time to bid your 8 solid again? Nope, he decided to try his void one more time, so Zia bid 5. And now it went Pass, Pass, Double. Okay, now the trap is set and it was time to run. The auction continued 6 by Zia, Pass, Pass, Double.

Here was the complete deal:

West
6
AKQJ8432
AKJ5
North
J82
Q108432
9
Q76
East
1097653
95
1075
104
South
AKQ4
76
Q86432
AKJ98532
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
P
X
P
1
1
3
4
5
P
P
5
P
P
X
6
P
P
X
D

And he got a low club lead. Mission Accomplished. Making 7, and worth 69 out of 70 matchpoints.

 

When I held this hand, playing against Lew and Joanna Stansby, I managed to also get doubled in 6...

I wanted to prevent our opponents from finding a cheap save in a major (or even cold slam), while also forcing them to guess on the opening lead (and also not sure I would ever find out about 3rd round club control). So I opened 6, which ended the auction quickly after it went Pass, Pass, Double, All Pass.

I got the same club lead, and scored 1190 as well.

Different strokes for different folks... My hat's off to Zia as that is one of the more creative auctions I have ever seen (but next time I'd love to see the story end with it going 5 spades all pass Wink ).

 

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