Lemon

Hi all

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.

North Dealer
All Vul
North
3
J6
K42
AKQJ974
West
T872
AT54
J976
3
East
KQ964
972
QT
T85
South
AJ5
KQ83
A853
62

Only the Jack of is a wasted card, all other cards pull their full weight to make 6 lay down. This was our auction:

West
North
East
South
 
1
1
DBL
2
3
3
3NT
a.p.
 
 
 

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.

One thought on “Lemon

  1. Nice squeeze. I think that with a good-bad structure after the 2 bid, slam should become a possibility:

    1 – 1 – DBL – 2
    3 – 3 -…

    Partner has promised an 15-18 with 6 clubs. After opponents bidding, he seems to have a small singleton spade. Imagine a couple of hands that would fit his 3 bid:

    x
    Axx
    Kxx
    AKJxxx

    with this hand (which is a bare minimum) you will need either clubs 3-2 with the hook (34%) or hearts breaking or some squeeze possibilities (which seem very possible). Give it 60 %.

    Change the hand a bit

    x
    Ax
    KQxx
    AKxxxx

    with this you might prefer a diamond slam, maybe even a grand, but you are definitely thinking slam.
    Another hand:

    x
    xx
    KQJx
    AKQxxx

    Again, slam is good. So you need to do something constructive over 3. 4 seems like a normal start.

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