Unlucky Louie is in the middle income range. Unfortunately, when he plays in the money games at my club, he’s in the upper out- go range.
When I watched today’s deal, Louie was South and stopped timidly at six hearts. North left the table to get a drink and was aghast when he sneaked a look at Louie’s hand.
“You didn’t bid seven with that?” North said. “What do you want, a written guarantee?”
“I know my limitations,” Louie replied. He took the ace of clubs, led a diamond to his ace and cashed the ace of trumps. West showed out, and Louie nodded grimly. He took three more high trumps and led a spade to the ace. East ruffed and cashed the diamond king. Down one at six hearts!
Louie was unlucky to find East with all f ive missing trumps and no spades. But Louie let 1,430 points go out the window. At trick two he should ruff a club. He then takes his four high trumps and concedes the f ifth trump. He can win the diamond return and claim.
Question: You hold ♠AK 98 4 2 ♥ None ♦ 10 7 4 ♣ AK 9 7. You open one spade, your partner responds 1NT, you try two clubs and he bids two hearts. The opponents pass. What do you say?
Answer: A rebid of two spades would be defensible, but partner may have no tolerance for spades at all; his hand may take a few tricks only if hearts are trumps. When the deal is a misfit, don’t tempt fate. Stop bidding. I would pass.