Bridge & Humor: Was Moyse too conservative? by John Våge
A 4-3 fit is often known as a Moysian fit. Here is a board where a contract was reached with an even more shaky trump-holding…
On 19 March, 2014 At 4:35
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1- 15-17, obviously trying to maximise his chances of playing the hand.
2- Not alerted, but this seems to be a typical “optional double”. The definition is that you give partner an option — if (s)he passes when the contract makes an overtrick it’s always their fault.
3-Still trying to play the hand. We had no agreements, generally following the principle that everything that could be misunderstood should be misunderstood (it’s possible to use transfers here).
4-I saw no reason to rescue partner as long as it was undoubled. As a sidenote, the last time a partner had bid like this he had opened a “semibalanced” 15-17 NT with 2=7=2=2 and seven running hearts. Neither of these 1NT openings would be considered standard, but on reflection they were both playing with me, which seems to have influenced my partners towards some discreet hogging…
This was the end position:
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