Last Thursday Hendrik and I had some troubles in getting the reaction going. The engine was sort of stuttering instead of a steady and assuring humming. But we did score fair above average, even on slow chemistry.
I like these kinds of hands. They offer a lot of potential if you have and can find a fit. Hendrik sitting second hand opens a Muiderberg 2 (showing a weak hand with five and 4+ in a minor). West overcalls 3. Now I had visions of a (less than) 20 hcp slam.
2. Splinter with fit (but not really agreed)
3. 2nd suit or cue, no agreements
So 4 is a free bid, after double there’s no bidding obligation anymore. That’s why I made the very aggressive jump to slam, I pictured Hendrik having the (near impossible) perfect hand.
So Hendrik had to play 6. That’s kinda high. But first news is good news, East starts with the Ace and continues the suit. Now you just have to find the King and exactly JTx with any opponent to get rid of all your losing .
Another possibility is to squeeze East out of his red suits after ruffing two in dummy, as Martin pointed out (April 16th, 2007).
Too much, I’m glad it was just pairs.