Living

Stolen Blind

Dealer:

North

Vul:

None

: KT8

: A873

: A75

: KT5

: AJ9643

: Q

: T

: J954

: K63

: QT842

: A86

: 974

: 752

: KQ62

: J9

: QJ32

Bidding:

S

W

N

E

-

-

1C

P

1H

2S

P

P

?

Opening Lead: Ace of hearts

The Bidding: What do you bid with the south hand? I had this problem and I chose to pass! I would like to blame partner for the bad result, but he does not have enough to make a “free bid” and has no way to tell me that he has four hearts. I could bid 3C and he would then bid 3H.

The Play: We did not keep declarer from taking eight tricks and fulfilling his contract. We got a spade, a heart, a diamond and a two clubs. We could have set it with a diamond lead or a diamond switch at trick 2, but that would have been hard to find.

What Happened: At one table, the contract was 1NT by North, making just one. 3H made three and went down one. 2S by West, making, was a low board for us. We may have not scored much better in 3H, but I wish we had been there. The good news was that our west player was Audrey Pfluger. She got a top board and on her birthday as well!

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