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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 9:50 AM
 
Last Friday evening I played with Icelandic pro, Bjorkgvin Kristinsson, at a local bridge club.  He is almost six foot six and very slender.  He practically folded himself in half to get down to the little bridge chairs to which we are accustomed.
 
I had made up a a card and he spent about two minutes absorbing all the conventions I like to use, including our signals (upside down) and discards (odd-even) thus passing the first test with flying colors.
 
Things were going pretty well, a few tops and lots of averages, no disasters, all signals correctly made and understood by both of us, including Smith Echo, a personal first for me :)
 
Then I picked up this hand:    xx     AJxxxx     x     Qxxx
 
My partner opened 1S and RHO overcalled 2C.  Although I had only 7 high card points (HCP) I felt safe enough to make a negative double.  If he bids hearts I am thrilled.  If he rebids spades, I'm OK with that.  If he bids 2D I can now take a preference to 2S.
 
After my negative double, LHO bid 2D and my partner passed in a heartbeat.  I 'knew' he must have diamonds as he did not take any action.  Now RHO bid 3C and I counted my tricks, One natural trump trick plus a diamond ruff, plus AH plus two tricks from partner.  So,  I decided to make a penalty double
 
To my amazement, LHO now re-doubled!  What was that again?  Yes, a redouble.  Everyone passed and my heart was in my mouth.
 
I led my singleton diamond and the dummy was tabled:     xx     KJxxxx     KJxxx     void
 
Five minutes later they were down 3, and we were +1600.  Did I mention they were vulnerable?
 
The full auction:
 
Bjorkgvin     RHO     Me     LHO
 
1S                 2C      X        2D
P                  3C       X        XX
 
Poor Leftie.  He thought his XX (redouble) was SOS (please rescue us - do something intelligent, Partner) but they were NOT on the same page.  I think he should have passed my negative double - Pass and lie in wait like a snake in the grass.  Now My partner will probably show his diamonds, and I will take him back to 2S.  We might even make it.
 
 

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