Weird shapes may play in no-trump
Laurence J. Peter was a Canadian educator and “hierarchiologist” who said “Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride.” In bridge, the shape of a hand has a big influence, in particular during the auction. With a distributional hand, we bid our long suits; in contrast, balanced hands aim toward no-trump -- but not always. What do you think of the bidding in this deal? Also, how should South plan the play in three no-trump after West leads the heart nine: two, six, jack? How would six diamonds by North get on?
I like the auction, although six diamonds isn’t bad. (Here, with double-dummy play, East has to lead a trump to defeat the slam. But if the black-suit aces were exchanged, seven diamonds would be makable.)
North’s two-diamond rebid was forcing one round, promising at least game-invitational values. South, with stoppers in the unbid heart suit, was right to bid two no-trump, despite how weird that looked with his void. North could not have four hearts, because she would have rebid two hearts, not two diamonds.
In three no-trump, South started with seven top tricks: two hearts and five diamonds. He led the club king at trick two, intent on establishing two winners there. East played low, so South continued with the club queen. When East took that trick, he had no good play. Eventually, South won 10 tricks.