Here is a hand from one of my old friends from Cincinnati who I'll call Louise. Louise is part of a group of well-to-do housewives who play day-bridge. She has exceptional skills which she doesn't tout, preferring to fit in with her friends, who range in skill from average to above-average. They don't discuss hands nor do they pay undue attention to results. They attend local sectionals and occasional nearby regionals for a few days, preferring to spend time with their families. Louise will be sending in hands from time to time.
Jennifer, this may be a good hand for your blog. I especially liked it because it was against the nastiest pair at the club and we got a top! I opened one notrump with this hand.
Partner transferred to spades and then bid clubs. I jumped to 4 spades and got a spade lead.
I ducked the spade to my nine and took the club finesse. RHO won and returned a heart. I won the ace and cashed the ace and king of diamonds, pitching a heart from the board. When I then cashed the spade king the queen came down doubleton on my right (to the apparent dismay of Mrs. Nasty). A club to the board followed by a club ruff set up the clubs. Now I simply ruffed a heart to the board and drew the last trump, making 6. Mrs. Nasty said "it always makes 6" and I, of course, didn't say anything, but I knew that Mr. Nasty's lead was a big help. When the scores came in we saw that we had a cold top!
By the way, Jennifer, I'll bet you and your partners have some fancy agreements for an auction like this. Should I have rebid 3 spades after partner's 3 club bid or jumped to 4 spades? What if I like clubs?
Finally, I love your Losing Trick Count booklet and am encouraging all of my partners to order their own copies from your blog. Makes difficult hand evaluations a breeze!
Thanks Louise, and thanks for the great hand. It is especially fun to get good boards off opponents like that!
We play that after a transfer and a rebid of a new suit, a jump to 4 of the transferred suit shows a fit with a minimum, (fast arrival) while a bid of 3 of the transferred suit shows a hand willing to cooperate in a slam investigation. For example, 1NT, 2H (transfer), 2S, 3C, 3S shows a good hand with a spade fit, while a jump to 4S shows a hand without slam interest.
If you are interested in partner's second suit--in this case clubs--you cuebid. For example, 1NT, 2H (transfer), 2S, 3C, 3H shows a hand with a heart control which would cooperate in a slam investigation in clubs.
Of course, if you're not particularly interested in either suit you simply bid 3NT.
Hope you're having a great summer and look forward to hearing from you again. Keep an eye on the Spingold in Toronto next week--we're playing in it!
See you at the table!