Continuing my speaking tour in Florida, I had the pleasure of playing a session at the beautiful BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens.
I was today’s South, and my partner was Harvey Hafetz, my gracious host along with his wife, Zena. When East opened two diamonds, I had to decide how to handle the South hand. I thought of overcalling three clubs; then if West competed in diamonds, I could comfortably bid hearts. But suppressing my good five-card major was risky, so I tried two hearts.
West bid two spades, and two passes followed. I bid three clubs, and West bid three spades. Hafetz still had no attractive action as North despite his 10 points. But when I persisted with four clubs, my partner liked his aces and raised to game.
Against five clubs, West understandably led the king of diamonds instead of the ace of spades. I threw a spade on dummy’s ace and lost only to the black aces for plus 600, a fortunate result.
Kindest regards to my friends at BallenIsles.
Daily Question: You hold: AQ1087 54 h 984 ( K $ 10 2. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one spade and he bids two clubs. What do you say?
Answer: This case is close. Your partner could have minimum hands that would make four spades a good contract or a poor contract. Give him K,5 3 2, A J 7 54,A963or3,532,AQ964,AK65.I would not leap to four spades, but to rebid two spades might miss game. Jump to three spades, invitational.