I have 15 HCP, but my only biddable suit was already bid by opponents. Do I pass?
I’d be a lousy poker player. Even though I was alone playing a Bridge Base arena challenge online, I think I let out a gasp when I saw this hand:
I opened with 2♣ to show partner I had *lots* of points. Partner responded 2♦, meaning not much over there (this was an online tournament with a robot, and I don’t think it plays steps, but either way a 2♦ bid is bad news).
Surely partner had something useful? I responded 2♠ hoping for at least a little support. Partner responded 3♣, which apparently is a double negative, meaning ‘I really, really have nothing.’
Surely I could make due with whatever was over there, and maybe get a good break or two on E/W’s distribution, so I bid 6NT. And went down 3 tricks, since partner had ZERO points and nothing at all useful. Had I bid 3NT as a sensible player would, I would have been fine.
On the bright side, the other player in the arena challenge was just as greedy as me, bid 7♠, and went down 3 as well, so we tied.
Lesson learned: listen to your partner!
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Today at a party bridge group, my partner and I held something like this, and I, playing South, opened 1♥.
North has only 1 point, but six trump to go along with at least five in my hand (since I opened a major).
What should North bid? It seems a shame to ignore all those hearts, but she only has 1 point?
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