NEC Excitement and Disappointment!

 

Bd 5
NS Vul
N Dealer
3 2
K J 10 9 7 6 3
5
J 10 3
 
K 9 5
Q 4
A K J 9 8
K 6 5
[ 5 ] Q J 10 8 7 6 4

Q 10 7 6
8 2
  A
A 8 5 2
4 3 2
A Q 9 7 4
 

N E S W
2 P 4 P
P 4 5 5
P P P

 

Playing in Yokohama Swiss Teams, my partner Nathan Van Jole from Brisbane, opened a weak 2 in Hearts. Holding 4 card trump support and an attractive side-suit, I happily bid 4.

My LHO surprisingly passed, but in the pass-out seat East now ventured 4.With only 1, I definitely didn’t want to risk defending, so I  now bid 5. My LHO bid 5, which was passed back to me.

With 3 Aces I confidently doubled to protect our equity. As a rule, if you have the values for game and the opponents sacrifice, you should double their contract.

I led the A, which was ruffed by declarer. Declarer had no trouble making 11 tricks!

Why did East pass over 2? After the opponents open a weak two or three – an overcall should be constructive (close to opening strength) and a jump bid is even stronger. West might have a takeout double at their first opportunity. East (a member of Japanese open team) with 7/4 shape hadn’t travelled to Yokohama to pass!

 

 

 

 

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