As we all know, it pays to make life difficult for the opponents! In a recent regional team game, white against red, partner passed and RHO opened 3♥. I studied my hand:
My first thought was that I "knew" what was going to happen. I was relatively sure that LHO would raise to 4♥ and they were favorites to score up a vulnerable game. What could I do with my minor-suited hand? How could I both announce my minors and jam the auction?
What about an overcall of 4NT? Wouldn't that inject surprise, take up bidding space, and describe my hand all at once? Partner was an experienced player and familiar partner--surely he would read it. If things went awry I could always scramble, bidding the minors later...
4NT! Pass by LHO, 5♣ by partner, pass, pass, PASS! Wow--this auction has a good sound. At least we're not in trouble.
Partner's hand was suitable:
A spade was led, and in the course of time the opponents took two spades and a diamond for down one. Sure enough, when we compared scores, our teammates announced "plus 620" and we replied "minus 50!" We love those 11 imp gains.
Keep up the pressure!
See you at the table.