Is this really that hard to bid? (from the Senior Camrose)
I was watching a bit of the Senior Camrose: Great Britain versus Scotland. (Scotland hasn’t left Great Britain yet, has it?) I know that sadly, bidding is most of the game these days. And 22 of Great Britain’s 45 imps in this match was all about bidding two slam hands. Have a look at this one. In your methods can you reach the grand slam (hearts or notrump whatever you want) and KNOW you had 13 tricks. Guessing doesn’t count. You are not vulnerable against vulnerable. North passes in opening chair and the opponents are silent throughout – you have a few rein.
Ray and I play Namyats so an opening four clubs bid with the East hand shows eight to about nine tricks with hearts as trump. But I might stretch to it at this vulnerability (does Qxx count as a trick?) If I do that we will get there in very few bids. Ray transfers back to hearts (four diamonds) and then bids keycard. And thinking I really do have eight tricks he can count thirteen tricks.
The Great Britain auction was similar. East opened 3NT showing a solid suit and after a few bids once West knew that all the keycards were accounted for the slam was bid. So there you have it, a grand is easy to bid. But ..
The auction got more challenging in the Open Room. East opened one heart. I am not sure of their methods but it appears that East showed a solid suit and all the keycards. But West still couldn’t count thirteen tricks. So let’s you and I try it playing two over one methods.
I open one heart and you bid two clubs. I bid three hearts showing a solid suit (at least six) and establishes hearts as trump. Suppose you bid keycard sometime soon and I show all of the missing ones. You might take the position that if all I had was a bunch of hearts say seven to the AKQ I would have preempted four hearts and play me for some loose queens. What do you think? I am not sure of the Scottish methods but I believe they reached this point and the Scottish West did not take that inference.
It is awfully scary to bid a grand slam hoping your partner wouldn’t open at the one level with seven solid hearts and out but even then you do have twelve top tricks and as a lover of squeezes I go with the old saw “where there is twelve tricks, there must be a thirteenth somewhere.” If you take that approach you would have won (or saved) eleven imps.