Last Saturday I played with Hendrik in a teams tournament. Bridgeclub Star celebrated its 65th birthday and organized a large teams event: “Star Wars”. Dust off those lightsabers, refresh your jedi skills and rekindle your love for Leia.
Hendrik wore a stylish ultrapink shirt that combined so well with my blinding green pants that some opponents called the tournament director. You gotta hurt them where you can.
I opened the South hand with 1NT, (11)12-14. West preempted with 3 and now Hendrik had a problem. Praying for some fit and a stopper he bid 3NT. West started with the King. Now what?
I could have tried a Bath coup, but I figured West would find the killing switch to . So I took it and put the Queen on the table. West plays small smoothly. Cash out for down 1 or risk a losing finesse?
I was so blinded by the possibility of 9 tricks that I took the finesse. It lost. The opponents granted me 1 more trick in the end for down 7.
What I should have done is ask. Ask myself what our teammates would do. Some partscore in a major probably. So cashing out will gain a few imp, while taking the finesse risks a lot. Grabbing 8 tricks would have gained 3 imp, for our teammates did score +140.