How do you think declarer got on in the doubled 1NT contract shown below?
Two weeks ago I described a nightmare hand in which I went nine off in a vulnerable 3NT contract. Well, here is a story that is the complete antithesis of this, from my point of view.
This hand occurred at the Peebles congress in December 2015. On my partner’s lead I decided to contribute the Queen of Spades. No doubt some experts will tell me that I should have played the Jack, but no matter. Partner then played a low Spade which I took with the Jack at which point I happily cashed seven Diamond tricks. By this time partner was down to Ace of Hearts and two Spades to the King. I led a Heart and we took all the remaining tricks for seven off! +2000!
In over forty years of bridge I had never seen that before and was expecting to get a complete top as it was match point pairs. No such luck! We ‘only’ scored 98% for a shared top! Of course South could have re-doubled to show a five-card suit and then it would have been a different story.
Those of you who subscribe to Andrew Robson’s ‘Bridgecasts’ may well of heard him recently describe a similar fate which he suffered in a 1NT doubled contract. His partner at the time was Zia Mahmood, a world class player.!