"Change my pitch up, smack… " With this Prodigy-song in my head I sit down against one of my alltime favorite opponents. A walking pile of gold and too much make-up, wrapped in tight clothes she’s about 20 years too old for.
LHO opens 2, either some strong hand or weak with both Majors. My goldplated RHO bids a preference 2 (no surprise with my holding). Everybody is silent after that and I throw trump Queen on the table.
Declarer takes it with her Ace and finesses in for Hoek’s King. Another trump is for the Jack in dummy and declarer tries the Ace of .
And again a trump.
Declarer now tries a from dummy and finesses into my Queen. I take one high looking for a signal, Hoek throws something discouraging in .
I exit in for Hoek’s Ace and a smart Jack of hits the table. We play two more rounds of the lucky black suit and dummy ruffs the last one. But now dummy is thrown in and has to play a into my 9-7 fork. The result is brutal, down four. She just made her four trump tricks, that’s all. By the way, did you notice the position? EW got exactly zero tricks from that suit.
Why didn’t we double? Why weren’t they vulnerable? Or both? I let out a small sigh and hope for better times.