This deal is from the Oakland sectional a couple weeks ago. I’ve consulted with friends, experts and expert friends about getting to the right spot. Sour times, nobody has been able to provide a sensible path to 6.
Only the Jack of is a wasted card, all other cards pull their full weight to make 6 lay down. This was our auction:
Maybe there are good-bad tricks (that I’m never really able to understand) available that can convey North’s playing strength. Maybe North can take a slightly aggressive approach by bidding 3 instead of 3, which should show a very good suit/solid with extras. Maybe I should have bid more than 3NT. The road to the best contract is paved with good intentions, or something like that …
East suffered from temporary ataraxia, I guess. He pulled that vulnerable 3 bid from another dimension, looking at those ultra-minimum values in a flat hand. On the other hand I think that West’s 2 was a bit timid, in my opinion West holds plenty distribution and trumps for a jump to 3.
West led a and when East inserted the Queen I ducked smoothly. East threw me a strange look for I had bid 3NT with confidence. He returned another in my Ace-Jack and I pitched both from dummy. On the run of dummy’s West got squeezed out of his red suits like a ripe lemon. Twelve juicy tricks and my play won the imp that saved us a victory point.