Bridge in Philadelphia II
Yesterday I gave this problem from the Rosenblum:
None vulnerable, playing Matchpoints, you hold as North: ♠A108762 ♥AQ ♦K7 ♣A87. What do you bid on this auction?
West North East South
Pass 1♠ Dble 2♠1
I am an agressive bidder but do no think much of our chances for game on this hand. It is a 7 loser hand, with the high cards mostly behind me. I don’t expect partner to cover four of my losers. I am not vulnerable. The only plus is that the double has given me information as to how to play the hand.
Despite this I make a help suit game try of 3♣, which partner rejects by going back to 3♠ . although 3NT is a decent practical bid, I decide to pass. The full deal:
As you can see 3NT and 4♠ make if you guess the spade Q, with hearts 3-3 with the K♠ onside, and the spade 4 as a late entry to enjoy the hearts.
I found that a reocurring theme in both the Rosenblum and the five sessions of the Pairs final was that many contracts were makeable with an unlikely like of the cards. Pairs who stayed out of game on this hand were rewarded wih a 6 IMPs loss in a number of matches.