Last week I wrote about the problem of bidding so
aggressively that you push the opponents into a game or slam that they would
not otherwise bid. Here is another such hand, where I was on the short end
of the stick this time. I was sitting East with neither side vulnerable and
I opened a gambling 3N which shows a long (7 or more cards) running minor
suit. The bidder hopes that partner has a couple of tricks, can stop the
suit led, and has at least one card in the long minor to lead to declarer’s
hand. Then, presto, nine tricks and game made. Alternatively, if you are not
making 3N, the opponents probably have a game and you hope the 3N bid will
make it difficult for them to find the right bid.
South made an aggressive 4S overcall. My partner raised my presumed suit to
the five level. North was happy to raise his partner, in view of his very
adequate support for spades. I bid 6C, to raise the ante and North, with the
reasonable hope that his partner was void in clubs, made the wise decision
to raise to slam.
South ruffed the club lead, pulled trumps in two rounds, played the ace of
diamonds and eventually trumped three diamonds on board. He led towards the
jack of hearts, to try and make an overtrick, hoping that I held the heart
queen. When the finesse failed, he made twelve tricks (6 spades, 2 hearts,
the ace of diamonds and three diamond ruffs), and had nearly taken all
thirteen. I was left regretting my ill-judged decision to bid 6C, thereby
pushing the opponents into a cold small slam made with only 20 high card
points between the two hands. Such is bridge in paradise!
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