A final one from our last, succesfull teams match. I still don’t know what’s right, if you have strong and convincing suggestions feel free to tell me about it.
Take a break and look at the hand. It’s nice. I guess opposite a scattered 10 count you have play for game. So this hand is worth a lot, it’s definite in the very upper ranges of a weak two. According to ZAR (or Wikipedia) it’s worth a regular opening bid (26 distribution points). But what do you do when your RHO opens a Muiderberg Two in (weak hand, 5 card and 4+ in a minor)?
I decided to overcall with 2. Because you are so short in enemy’s suit, you cannot expect partner to protect in 4th seat, he has too many for that. And game could still be on. But partner will account you for at least a King more in value, how to cope with that? You are (quoting David Bowie) "Under Pressure".
The bidding resembles a runaway train:
1. Muiderberg Two
2. Asking for partner’s minor suit (?)
From here on there are no further agreements, just interpretations. René’s 3 call is about 80% forcing, but I got scared from my own 2 call. East doubled (probably for takeout), West running to his other 5 card suit. Time to come clean, I should bid 4 now, showing my anemic overcall. René’s double is for penalties, expecting in my hand and all suits breaking badly. I ran like the wind. Still expecting full values for my first overcall he raised himself to the game. Three Aces gone, so minus 100.
At the other table things were less hectic. Martin (West) ended up in 3 (a solid 5-5 fit), without a trump lead you can crossruff to eleven tricks. Gain: 2 imp.