Macho Bridge

Hi all

Here’s a story from Dennis. I hope you like bitter, cause this baby will surely leave that taste hanging in your mouth.

 

South
Kx
ATxxx
Qx
QT9x

Dennis opened 1 and his partner raised to 2. RHO entered the bidding with a takeout double and via 2 – 3 – 4 the final contract is reached.

East
QJxx
QJx
AKx
AJx
South
Kx
ATxxx
Qx
QT9x

Partner leads the 2 of (odd leads). Declarer asks for a high from dummy and you are on lead. Now what?

Let’s try to fill in the blanks. Partner holds the King of and some other honour. It’s either the Ace of trumps or the King. But without trump Ace West would hold something like:

 

West
xxxxx
xx
Jxx(x)
Kx(x)

With that he wouldn’t have accepted the invite, would he? No, I think something like this fits the auction a little bit better:

 

West
Axxxx
xx
Jx(x)
xx(x)

So the defence is easy now, return a to partner’s King, and when he gets in with his King of  he can fire a through dummy’s Jack.

 

South Dealer
– Vul
North
Ax
K72
xxxx
xxxx
West
T9xxx
xx
JTxx
Kx
East
QJxx
QJx
AKx
AJx
South
Kx
ATxxx
Qx
QT9x

Oh boy! A combination of true macho bidding and a thoughtful opponent granted West ten tricks with Ace-King & Ace-King outside. West counted South’s points and dropped the Queen doubleton, instead of taking the finesse. Nice play, but still macho bidding in my book. Whenever I play this opponent I will eye him suspiciously.

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