In one semifinal match of the prestigious Vanderbilt Teams at the Spring NABC, Nick NICKELL’s fearsome sextet trailed at the half, then clobbered their
opponents (Andrew ROSENTHAL) 74 to 5 in the third stanza and won easily.
At one table in today’s deal, NorthSouth went down at five diamonds, losing three aces. At the other table, Eric Rodwell-Jeff Meckstroth, NICKELL’s North-South, got to 3NT. South’s 1NT showed 14 to 16 points! North’s three diamonds artificially showed a singleton somewhere. South’s three hearts asked where.
West led the ten of spades. East signaled with the six, and Meckstroth took the king and led the king of diamonds. West for ROSENTHAL grabbed his ace and led ... the jack of clubs. Declarer had nine tricks.
Experts can err -- badly -- late in a grueling event when stamina becomes a factor. West must duck the first diamond, giving his partner a chance to signal. On the next diamond, East will play a low club, and West will know to lead a heart.
Daily Question: You hold: & 8 h KQ 107 ( Q984 $ A Q 8 6. You open one club, and your partner bids one spade. What do you say?
Answer: This is an uncomfortable problem. Had your hand been slightly weaker, you might have avoided it by not opening. You cannot bid two of a red suit, which would be a strength-showing reverse. Bid 1NT. Some players would have opened one diamond, intending to rebid two clubs. That plan would also have serious flaws.