Here’s a story from Dennis. I hope you like bitter, cause this baby will surely leave that taste hanging in your mouth.
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.
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:
With that he wouldn’t have accepted the invite, would he? No, I think something like this fits the auction a little bit better:
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.
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.