Goren on Bridge
Would you open the bidding with the South hand?
Many would not, reasoning that the heart suit isn’t anything special and the ace and king in side suits might cause partner to misjudge your side’s defensive prospects.
When this deal was played recently in a team competition, one South sneered at those thoughts and opened with a weak two-heart bid. Partner forced to game and 10 tricks were easy when the defense was unable to start with two rounds of trumps. South won the opening spade lead and ruffed a spade in dummy. He crossed back to his hand with the king of clubs to ruff his last spade and then led dummy’s king of diamonds. The queen of diamonds would provide a discard for South’s losing club and declarer held his losses to one diamond and two trumps.
At the other table, South made the disciplined pass as dealer and heard West open with three spades, defying the same rules that South ignored at the first table. No one could find a bid over that and he played it there, making three. The defense could have prevailed with perfect execution. After the lead of the king of diamonds to West’s ace, South must win the ace of spades, cash the king of clubs, and then lead a club to North’s ace. The queen of diamonds would allow South to discard a club and then ruff the next club. Too tough!