Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ruffed out

Playing a 25c IMPS robot tourney on BBO, I picked up:

The bidding went:

Partner opened it 1C, RHO overcalled 1D and I bid 1H (forcing).  Partner now bid 1S and I bid 2D (fourth suit forcing).

At this point, North bid 2H showing 3 hearts.  What is your bid?  Essentially, I have diamonds well stopped and the danger is that if North has several diamonds, West will get a few ruffs.

At the table, I could not think of a way to get North to tell me how many diamonds he had, so I shrugged and bid 4H.  It went down because this was the full deal:

As anticipated, West got two ruffs to scupper 4H.  3NT was the right spot to be in.  How could I could have gotten there?  By bidding 3D over the 2H.  Now, North with 3 diamonds and the queen would have bid 3NT.


  1. Happy New Year, Lak.

    You might have considered a 3NT bid at your second turn, what with a misfit with partner's suit, a source of tricks and a positional stopper in the overcalled suit.

    By the way, why would partner's 2H bid promise three hearts? Might he not rebid 2H on a 4=2=2=5 hand with no diamond stopper?

    1. Happy New Year, Jeff.

      I know North's bid promised 3 hearts because mousing over the bid in BBO shows the meanings of the robot's bids ;)

      I don't like North's bids -- I like to bid 1S after 1C only if I have four clubs, so my first bid would have been 1NT.

      I didn't want to bid 3nt because slam was still in my sights. For example, if North held one less diamond and the club ace, slam is cold even on a trump lead: