Opening Lead: Ten of hearts
I was watching a novice husband and wife bid the N/S cards. They were playing a system called “Two-Over-One Game Force.” This style of bidding has replaced “Standard American” for most duplicate players. Rather than have a two-over-one bid show ten points or more, the bid shows a game forcing hand.
The Bidding: The bidding went as shown in the diagram. When the dummy came down, the E/W players had plenty to say about the bidding. North defended her 2C bid. She said she had a hand that needed to force to game, so she bid 2C!
The Play: West would probably have led a club without the club bid by North. Declarer took eleven tricks and would only take nine with a club lead.
What Happened: The deal was played six times. Two pairs bid 6D and went down one, two bid 5D and made their bids, one bid 3NT and made three. The top spot was at this table (three NT making five). I have added this twist to my bidding agenda.
Correction: I got a call from a local expert player who corrected my story from last Sunday. He said that the hands given would always produce a 6D result. He was right because the north hand in last week’s column had only one club (the diagram has been corrected). He added that he might have bid 2C with the north hand just like the novice lady!