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A hand that went against me... Only 2 of the six other pairs bid game on this quiet little hand so a score of +620 would do very nicely. The event was scored by "Butler" where you play like teams bridge for I.M.P.s. and do not have to worry about overtricks.
West overcalled a quiet 2 after my (non-regular) partner had opened the bidding with 1. We had agreed to play the Jacoby 2NT which showed a Game Forcing raise in Hearts. Continuations after this bid are important and can differ quite a lot. Partner bid 3 naturally which I took to be a control bid and thus a slam try. I cue bid 4 which was doubled by East to say that he did not mind a Club lead. Partner passed with nothing more to say and I Redoubled to say (or so I thought... Ha!) "don't worry, I have really do have first round control of Clubs. Carry on trying for a slam". Ooops. Partner took this as to play. Nooooooooooooooooo !
I now know how much it costs to go down each trick when redoubled vulnerable. The first trick costs just -400 then each subsequent trick is another -600. Lets just say -7 redoubled was not a success. -400 + (6x-600) = -4000. But do not forget this is a kind of TEAMS bridge - scored as I.M.P.s this is -24 I.M.P.s, the absolute maximum on the scale.
No matter how big your penalty, it will not be as big as mine. Oh, and don't forget to tell me if you have a bigger one !