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A Hand to Dine Out On:

I'll be dining out on this hand for some time to come!

It's the final board in a very tight teams match – how tight I didn't realise. We are 1 imp ahead after 23!

In the closed room West opens 1 and when East responds 2♣ and then supports West's hearts they overbid to 5

Board: 24,
Vulnerable: None, Dealer: W
♠ QJ76
KJ2
QT965
♣ 6
♠ 2
AT53
KJ874
♣ KQ9
♠ AKT
Q984

♣ JT8532
♠ 98543
76
A32
♣ A74
 
9
13points10
8

 

When I picked up the West hand I decided after brief thought to PASS.

It's a 6-loser but doesn't fulfil the Rule of 15, and although this applies particularly to 4th-hand tactics, those spades are always a threat.

East's 3♣ bid, intended to make life difficult for South, also breaks our “rules”, but it impels me to trust for a spade stop and bid 3NT with my splendid club fit. With no indication of my distribution North launches a diamond attack with the 10, so they score 2 diamond tricks with the club ace. The result brings in 12 Imps for a 23-hcp hand.

It makes for an entertaining after-dinner story and typifies bridge's endless and addictive fascination.

from Peter Oakley

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