Teams January 24th (part 1)

Hi all

As I mentioned earlier, lots of stories. From our last teams match.

I hold a fairly nice red twosuiter:

South
Kx
AQTxx
KQ8xx
K

I open a strong 1, LHO enters the bidding with 1 (showing and a higher suit), René passes (0-4 hcp) and East bids a natural 2. Do I have enough to mention my suit? I suddenly liked my hand a lot less, breathing down my neck, partner nearly broke, so I dropped the hand like a hot potato.

I lead a high and dummy comes down:

 
West
xx
KJ986
AJTx
Jx
South
Kx
AQTxx
KQ8xx
K

I breathe with relief, a red suit monster was waiting for me around the corner. The defence is tight and we take maximum advantage of a small error leading to a one trick set.

At the other table things went differently:

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
pass
1
31
3
pass
3
pass
4
double
a.p.
 
 

1. Preemptive pressure

I do have some comments on N-S bidding, 1 was frivolous, but South raising himself to game still hurts my eyes. I guess West (Martin) felt like he had been invited to a butcher’s party (+800).

Full:

South Dealer
NS Vul
North
QTxxx
53
xx
QTxx
West
xx
KJ986
AJTx
Jx
East
AJxx
7
xx
A9xxxx
South
Kx
AQT42
KQ8xx
K

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