Powerlift

Hi all

This deal is from the Santa Cruz sectional last weekend. I was playing with Greg, with Andrew and Hansa as teammates. It was a nice day with reasonable play.

South
Q7
AQ4
KQ865
854

West
North
East
South
 
11
1
Dbl2
pass
2
pass
23
pass
2
pass
3NT
pass
4
pass
5
a.p.
 
 
 

1. 16+
2. 5-7 hcp takeout-ish, or any GF hand without a describing bid
3. Too strong for an immediate jump to 3NT

The interference was minimal, but very effective as our relay auction had been disrupted. I had powerful trumps sitting over East, but with the unfavourable vulnerability I didn’t want to try to deconstruct 1. In the rest of the auction Greg was able to show his 4-4-0-5 (with extras because he passed 3NT) the natural way. I considered a powerlift to 6, but because of my huge wastage in and no significant support for any of Greg’s suits I decided against it.

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
AKT3
KJT2
AQJT9
West
9652
8763
93
K62
East
J84
95
AJT742
73
South
Q7
AQ4
KQ865
854

Because the trump King was onside thirteen tricks were easy on the Ace lead. Greg had every spot card in to make 6 yawningly boring. I don’t feel too bad for missing out on slam here, as our opponents stopped in game as well.

One thought on “Powerlift

  1. Surely Greg could have raised to 6 as you have to have at least 2 clubs and 2 entries for your bidding. The worst that could happen is that your shape is 3-3-5-2 and clubs split 5-1.

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