Jimmy Cayne has a set game on BBO that I have recently begun to play in. I discovered this game through my BBO friend Susina She is a BBO matchmaker who often gets me into team matches with good players. She is also a friend of Mr. Cayne. The other day, Susina invited me into that evening's game. It turns out that whenever you land at Jimmy's table, you have about a thousand kibitzers. So it's an opportunity to show off, or, alternatively, embarrass yourself with the whole world watching you. I have come to enjoy this experience.
I was matched with an unfamiliar expert partner who said he would play my profile, which was 2/1 with upside down carding and some gadgets.
About halfway into the match, I picked up, as dealer with neither side vulnerable:
I opened 1NT, which is 15-17 in standard 2/1. Jimmy passed and partner bid 3 Hearts. What was partner doing? This is a bid which partnerships have to discuss. I decided that I would assume he had 5-5 in the majors with invitational values, which is what I play with most casual partners. It didn't seem appropriate to stop and ask him with hordes of kibitzers watching us. So I just bid 4 Hearts. Now partner bid 5 Diamonds! I immediately knew that my assumption about what he had was wrong. So I had to break down and ask him in front of the opponents and the kibitzers. Jimmy didn't object, so partner said he had the minors and heart shortness. I was unfamiliar with this treatment. Maybe it's a European thing. Anyway, what to do? I really had little choice but to bid 6 Clubs and hope for the best.
Jimmy led the ace of spades, and when dummy was tabled, I was looking at
The ace won and Jimmy switched to a heart, which I won in my hand.
This contract was a real lemon. However, there was a slim chance to turn it into lemonade. I had seen this combination before/ There were two chances: either Jimmy on my left had the stiff jack, or RHO had the stiff king. I decided to go for the stiff jack, mostly as a hunch but because if I was wrong, I would limit the damage that way if someone held all four clubs. So I went over to dummy and led the queen, and sure enough, Jimmy produced the jack! I finished drawing trumps, ruffed out the diamonds and claimed six. I wrote to the table that we had been unlucky on an earlier hand, so we were due some luck on this one. Partner said: good guess. Nice result with Jimmy and all those people watching us.