Source: By James Carlisle; 06/11/2007
Here’s a hand from last night that I found quite amusing. Sitting down as South for the first hand of the night I’m presented with a pretty standard 1NT opening.
J x A Q x x A x x x K x x
- Puppet to 2.
- Game force with 5+ s and 4s. Possible slam interest.
It was this point that I made a closer assessment of my hand. Bugger. Here’s what I actually had for my 1NT opening:
A Q x x A x x x K J x x x
Yep, those pesky s had been masquerading as spades again. Looking at my hand I could now see that slam was a good possibility. The bidding continued:
- Agreeing s, giving partner the opportunity to start cue-bidding with slam interest.
- Sign-off with no slam interest.
- What the hell, it must be worth a punt with my undisclosed void (albeit in partner’s suit) and two tenace holdings for the opening lead to come in to.
After my 6 comes out of the box partner regards me with a look of mild-disdain, the sort of look one might reserve for a naughty child who’s just been caught scrumping apples for the fourth time. RHO asks me to explain partner’s 3 bid and then LHO proceeds to lead the A. Dummy comes down thusly:
K Q J x K x x K Q J x x x
RHO follows suit and, to the suprise and amazement of all, I ruff in hand and can see at least 12 of the 13 tricks to bring the contract home. At this point all hell breaks loose and LHO gets in a right strop, accusing me of a deliberate psyche, saying she wouldn’t have led a spade if I hadn’t opened 1NT originally (she had the A in hand also). I apologise and explain that it was just an honest mistake. My partner, an experienced TD, points out that, psyche or no-psyche, the result would still stand in tournament play. However, being the first hand of the night we decide to be magnanimous and redeal. After-all, it’s only a game.