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As the subject of psyches and light third-hand openings is one that BW seems to be very interested in recently, I thought I would share this humorous episode from the Summer NABC in Las Vegas 2014. In the Mixed BAM, a lot of first time partnerships play together. This means that very few have good knowledge on their partner's style which made it even more interesting when a classic position for a psyche came up.

I was playing with fellow Swede Sandra Rimstedt for the first time and picked up a true Yarborough:

West
92
8754
9862
864
W
N
E
S
P
P
?

Third seat white on red, being a junior and all, I couldn't resist opening a 15-17 (at least in theory) NT. LHO doubled for penalties and partner, without suspecting anything, redoubled to show strength. I ran to 2 and saw the opponents bid to 3NT. The full deal was:

West
92
8754
9862
864
North
AQ106
AQ109
AK
A53
East
KJ83
62
J74
K1072
South
754
KJ3
Q1053
QJ9
W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
X
XX
P
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

South should probably have realised quite early that Sandra had all the highcards for her redouble but when she first finessed the T and then cashed all of her red tricks pitching a spade from dummy, followed by finessing the Q, Sandra could set up a third spade trick for our side for just making. That was good enough for a win on the board when my regular partner Daniel Gullberg took eleven tricks in the same contract at the other table.

Only conceding 600 felt good but there were other pairs who did better. At the dinner break, Mikael Rimstedt told us the bidding at his table:

W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
P
P

Mikael also got to see partner open 1NT and invited game via Stayman when North didn't have a penalty double of 1NT available. Doubling 2NT would have been good for North-South but when North peacefully passed it out, they could only collect 250 for a loss against the other table's 630.

The story's not yet over however! At another table Meike Wortel was playing with Joel Wooldridge and Joel was the third player who couldn't keep his hands away from the tempting 1NT-opening. Here, it was even more of a success:

W
N
E
S
P
P
1NT
X
XX
P
2
2
P
P
P

North's double was artificial showing either minor, both majors or spades. Over 2 he felt obliged to show both majors but partner couldn't really picture him with a 23-count and passed it out. Declarer managed ten tricks for -170 and what should have been a really good board for East-West. While the operation was successful, the patient died as teammates brought back -200 in 6NT down two for a loss on the board.

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