|Posted on March 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM|
I'm always saying that 'diamonds are for your finger' but the other day I fell in love.
I was playing with Perfect Pat at the local club when I picked up this hand:
5 32 QT987643 72
I promise you I did not plan to bid. However, Pat opened the bidding 1 spade and my RHO overcalled 2 hearts. I thought about jumping to 5 diamonds immediately but when you play with Perfect Pat you don't need to worry. PP will do the right thing when it gets back to her. I Passed and now LHO bid 4 hearts. PP was ready, and out came the Double card. Was this Penalty or was she trying to make me bid? I was confident she wanted me to bid so I bid 5 diamonds and that ended the auction.
PP put down a wonderful dummy: AJxxx x AJ52 Axx
LHO led the heart Ace and then switched to a club. I won the Ace of clubs then called for the Ace diamonds. PP was impressed when I picked up the King of Diamonds but didn't understand why I did not pull more trump. She didn't realize that there was no need. We had twelve trumps bewtween us - how rare is that? I was busy ruffing her spades. Unfortunately, I needed one more entry to dummy than I had - I should have kept my 3 or 4 diamonds in my hand to reach dummy's diamond 5. Had I done so, I would have made 6. Nevertheless, bidding game and making it was still a top for us.
The moral? Don't bid without points, unless your partner wants to hear from you. Then you can bid what you love.