Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jennbridge: A 4-loser hand

Losing trick count principles served us well yesterday as Mary O. and I posted a nice score.  We had several good scores in major suit part-score contracts as we were able to judge well and stay out of game. 

On this hand I had bigger things in mind (board 23):

♠Q
AKJx
AQ10xxxx
♣x

After two passes I opened 1and partner responded 1.  What would you bid?

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As I had only 4 losers I definitely wanted to be in game and slam might very well be in the cards.  Various bids are possible, but I took the straightforward path of jumping to 4.  (4is a possibility, but we hadn't discussed that bid). It turns out that partner held both black aces, 4 small hearts and 2 small diamonds.  Hearts broke 3-2 with the queen doubleton onside so she had no heart losers.  Her only loser turned out to be the king of diamonds when the finesse lost.  Diamonds broke 2-2, however, so she had no trouble taking 12 tricks.

With her 8-loser hand she probably should have made a slam try, but plus 680 turned out to be a good score.

Happy New Year!

See you at the table!

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