On June 20, I was in Birmingham for “The Longest Day,” an annual effort by ACBL clubs to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The next day, I enjoyed dinner and a fun bridge game with some old friends and former teammates.
As South, I opened one heart and rebid two hearts with my minimum, but when North next tried three diamonds, I felt obliged to make a move: My heart suit was self-sustaining, and my king of spades looked useful.
I jumped to four hearts, and North, Doug Levene, bid slam. West led the king of clubs.
“Textbook” problems occur in real life, and this was such a case. Having written about loser-on-loser plays, I saw a sure-fire play. I took the ace of clubs, drew trumps, cashed the K-A of spades and led the jack. When East played low, I threw my club loser.
If West had won, I would have ruffed the club return, led a diamond to the ace and discarded a diamond on a good spade. As the cards lay, I made an overtrick, but my slam was always safe.
You hold: A J 10 9 5 Q6 A 732 A J. You open one spade, your partner responds two hearts, you bid three diamonds and he rebids three hearts. What do you say?
Though slam is possible, partner may have minimum values for his twolevel response. Moreover, your three diamonds (a “high reverse”) showed substantial extra strength. Just raise to four hearts. An option, if partner will treat it correctly, is a cue bid of four clubs.