Join Bridge Winners
YBJ - 3X at MPs
(Page of 2)

This interesting hand comes from a club-level NAP qualifier. Both pairs are intermediate in skill level. The field is 6 tables, so the matchpoint top is 5. The skill of the field ranges from beginner to intermediate.

The auction and the defense are up for judgement. Both pairs play 2/1, strong 1NT, and are regular partnerships. N/S vul, here's the hand:

West
74
J10
J5
KJ108763
North
92
AQ82
Q9432
A9
East
AKJ
K97653
K7
Q2
South
Q108653
4
A1086
54
W
N
E
S
 
1
1
1
2
P
2
3
P
P
X
P
3
X
P
P
P
D
3X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

* No specific agreement about 2, and East huddled for a few seconds before bidding it

** West huddled for roughly 10 seconds before bidding 3

South lead a low spade, which went to declarer's J. Declarer lead a heart to the J and North's Q. North hesitated briefly before exiting with a diamond, and when declarer correctly guessed to duck the K it was all over. In the end, declarer lost to the AQ, A, and A, to make 3 - a top for E/W.

There are many questionable actions here, not the last of which are:

East's 2 and X

West's 2 and 3

South's opening lead

You be the judge. 3X takes accurate, but not brilliant, defense to set, so it appears to be a bad spot for both of these non-expert pairs. Granted, down 1 would be only an average-plus for N/S, compared to E/W's top when the contract makes. All 4 players might have deduced as much during the auction, given that they knew the skill of the field.

Next page: where I sat on this hand. If you're going to peak, don't let it impact your judgement!

West
74
J10
J5
KJ108763
North
92
AQ82
Q9432
A9
East
AKJ
K97653
K7
Q2
South
Q108653
4
A1086
54
W
N
E
S
 
1
1
1
2
P
2
3
P
P
X
P
3
X
P
P
P
D
3X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

For what it's worth, I sat East (was that obvious?). My first instinct when 2 was passed to me was to leap to 3NT, but I quickly dismissed that, since partner's bid may not be constructive (clearly it wasn't!). I eventually selected 2, hoping it wasn't natural. I really did not know how high we belonged or in what strain, but Ihad made up my mind that it was our hand. Perhaps I was wrong, but it's why I then chose to double 3.

2 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top