A COLD BOTTOM
This hand occurred at the club on Tuesday
S xx S QJxx
H A H xxx
D AKQxxx D xx
C AKJx C Qxxx
Our opponents bid
2D (strong) 2NT (negative)
Very few players now play strong twos but this was perfect for this hand enabling the par contract to be reached for a score of 660 When the traveller was opened I could not believe that we had earned a cold bottom with no other pair reaching the obvious game. Several played in 5C/D scoring 600 but three played in diamond part scores (!) and one West allowed North to play 3H for a score of -140!
Maybe those in 5C/D investigated a slam before realising they were bereft in the spade department. Surely this hand is worth a slam try? If East has the spade Ace or King and Queen then 6C/D/NT are cold.
Playing either Acol or Benji West should surely start with his strongest bid (itŐs a 3 loser hand!)
4NT (RKCB in Spades)-5C (no key cards)
is a possible sequence.
How would you and your partner bid it? ItŐs worth discussing hands like this to avoid the ignominy of playing in 2,3 or 4 diamonds with a game easily available.