|♥||Q J 9 2|
|♦||K Q 5 2|
|♣||K Q 9 6 3|
Sitting North and playing with Mary Omodt as my partner, RHO passed and my first decision was what to open. As I expected spades to be bid by either my partner or the opponents, I thought that the bidding would be likely to proceed more smoothly by opening 1♦, then rebidding clubs. According, I opened 1♦.
Partner responded 2♦, an inverted minor bid, showing a limit raise or better in diamonds. RHO now came to life with a bid of 2♠. Although I only had 13 HCP, once we had found a fit and the opponents bid spades, my hand kept improving. I now was pleased to bid 3♣ which I hoped would convey some useful information to partner.
LHO bid 3♠ and partner now made a key bid: 4♥.
Wow. This hand may be going somewhere as I held a powerful, though aceless, 4-loser hand. Accordingly, I made what I expected to be a very descriptive bid: 4♠. Partner now had the information she needed to jump to 6♦.
The bidding : P, 1D, P, 2D*,
2S, 3C, 3S, 4H,
P, 4S, P, 6D
I ruffed the spade lead and took all of the tricks. Plus 1390 was worth 17 out of 20 matchpoints.
See you at the table!