Luise Lee

My first underbid


I was playing a few boards with my father on BBO the other day… Here was my hand:





Nice hand…  10 HCP, 6 card suit, singleton.  Not as strong as the last hand I picked up that I didn’t get to play because we lost an opponent and the remaining one switched seats to see his partners cards and we had to skip the deal… but an interesting hand none-the-less.

So my father opens the bidding with 1 heart.    Nice!  We have a heart fit.  I have a really nice hand, and I want to show my shape.  I could bid 3  right away to show him our heart fit.  Or I could choose to delay showing our fit and bid my diamonds…  I’m not sure what steered me to that decision, but I opted to say 2.  So now LHO chimes in with 2 to which my father jumped to 4.  The bidding thus far has gone:


West North


East South


Pass 2 2 4
Pass ?    


At this point, I’m looking at my hand.  I like my hand — shortness in the opponents suit, fits with dad in both of his suits, a long strong diamond suit as a bonus.  So here’s the kicker  — I sign off in 4


After I clicked the button I realized I had made a mistake.  When Dummy came down I apologized immediately – yes, I was afraid of that.  Sorry partner!  Only -4 imps, but I should have known better…  Actually, I did know better, but I clicked too fast and the possibility of looking for slam didn’t occur to me until it was too late.

For your interest, the full hand is shown below.  With no system, with only sayc as your convention, I wonder what the optimal bidding (on all 4 players) should have been…  


Dealer: South

Vul: All

West East
Q543 AK109876
9852 Q
875 J6
63 J94


 The f inal result:  The opponents failed to lead a spade and we wrapped up 4 plus 3.


Judy Kay-WolffNovember 28th, 2008 at 9:03 am

Luise — Never mind your bridge! No one told us you were a computer wizard. Anyone with such a talent for details and concepts will no doubt succeed at the bridge table. Besides —

rumor has it that you have good genes. Good luck.

Luise LeeNovember 28th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Haha… thanks for the compliment, Judy… but seriously — how should the hand have been bid? Is 6H a good contract in this hand, or is this just one of those times when it makes but you really wouldn’t want to be there under normal circumstances?

Luise LeeDecember 17th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

I really wanted to know how the bidding on this hand should go, so I posted a question to the Mastering Bridge forums. It actually sparked quite an interesting discussion! If you are interested, check it out:

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