Everyone knows to pre-empt to the 3 level with a seven card suit and a weak hand. Similarly, to the 4 level with an eight card suit. However, that rarety a NINE card suit?
This hand from whe WBU Premier League weekend had a variety of results. What would you bid with the hand shown against two of the best players in Wales?
During the trials, we were using screens and I decided that this was worth a super pre-empt and opened 6♣. My screen partner, Pat Shields' eyes nearly popped out ! Of course when we passed the tray showing the bidding under the cloth to the other side of the table I have no idea what comments were made. I thought to myself that if I had bid only 5♣ then my opponent would have available a 6♣ bid to pick a Major suit slam.
My 6♣ bid left Filip Kurbalija with very little option only to Double with his 23 point hand. Pat left this in and 6♣X was only 2 off for -300 when both Major suit slams were making from the North hand.
6♠ is one off from the South hand on a Heart lead and ruff when they have a slow Diamond loser as well.
I was very pleased to lose only -300 but... at the other table the auction took a different turn.
(5♣) - 6♣ - (7♣!) - 7♠ - (Pass) - Pass - (Pass) one off. So we were -300 and - 50 for -8 IMPS.
Other results on this board included :
5♣ x-1 -100 twice
6♣ x-2 -300 (me)
7♣ x-1 -500
7♥ -1 -50 (on the 9♦ lead)
7♠ -1 -50
6♠ made 12 +980 (on the K♦ lead)
4♠ +2 +480 (on the K♦ lead) NO JUSTICE FOR THE UNDER BIDDERS ! ! !
Ah well, my operation was a success but the patient died in the end.