The food was fabulous and the weather was woeful in steamy New Orleans last week. Here is one of my favorite hands from the Mixed Board-a-Match Teams. Not much of a hand, mind you, but the type that can be action-oriented at the right vulnerability:
It was the second board of a tense round against young opponents clearly proud of their intricate big club system with transfer responses, etc. At favorable vul., LHO opened 1 club and partner, Bob, overcalled 1 heart. RHO made a slow bid of 2 hearts, and while LHO was clearly thinking about what the bid meant before alerting it, I took the matter into my own hands.
Certain that they could make a vulnerable game (or even slam!) in spades, I jumped to 5 hearts, taking away most of their bidding spade and presenting LHO with a dilemma. The best she could do was double. RHO passed reluctantly and the king of clubs was led.
Needless to say, we won the board with our score of minus 100 as the opponents can make 6 spades (or 6 NT). Their hands were: AK10/A4/KQ10854/Q8 opposite Q98643/3/A732/K5.
It often pays to interfere with a precision or big club bidding system--sometimes Big Time!
See you at the table!