After a too-long hiatus, we are back with another hopefully interesting hand.
As dealer, playing match points, no one vulnerable, you pick up:
♠ J 9 2
♥ 10 7
♦ J 10 4 2
♣ A K Q 3
You're playing Standard, by the way. You pass, LHO passes, and partner opens 1♥.
RHO passes, and it's up to you.
Well, what do you say? The "book" bid on these cards is 2NT. By a passed hand, this shows about 11 HCP, balanced, without support for partnerís suit. Thatís what you have ... but look again. Do you
At the table, North did bid 2♣ and partner - with a less than stellar opening bid - properly passed. Down came
♠ 4 3
♥ A J 9 8 2
♣J 10 9 8 5
It made four for a great matchpoint score (two red aces and eight trump tricks on a cross-ruff). 2NT goes down one. You have seven top tricks in notrump, but thatís it. Before you can set up a heart trick, the opponents will take one diamond, one heart, and four spades - at least. More on a diamond lead. The only way to make 2NT is if the opponents are kind enough to lead hearts for you at trick one. Not likely!
Sometimes, it pays to back your judgment. But you had better be right ...
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