A PHREAK IN THEIR SUITS
By: Mike Dorn Wiss
Originally Published in Canadian Bridge Canadien, 1995
Readers who have read me over the years will know my delight for those
rare hands with either gang-splinters (two singletons) or gang-sploids
Fred Gitelman (who along with George Mittelman now comprise
Canada's number one pair) is my good friend and former partner. He too
knows my affinity for freaks, and accordingly emailed me his favourite
hand from New Orleans, one which split the difference between stiffs and
voids, having one of each.
You pick up, with none vulnerable:
Left hand opponent opens 1(!),
partner passes, and right hand opponent responds 1!!
Now what the heck do you do?
When Fred gave this as a bidding problem to a significant number of
expers the consensus opinion was PASS. To these experts both Fred and I
concur: PASS is moronic. If however, you still choose to do so, perhaps
feeling anything else is moronic(the opponents, after all, have bid both
your suits), LHO bids 2, partner
passes, and RHO raises to 3. NOW
what do you do? (Even tougher, since we all realize your opposite hand
opponent -partner- has a slew of hearts in a hand not worth a preemptive
jump overcall of the opening bid.)
Thought about it long enough? Fred found a jump cue bid at his first
turn - he jumped all the way to 6!
LHO doubled with indignation and led the Q!.
Sheri Winestock, Fred's partner in life as well as business, tabled:
LHO managed to keep the right ace in the endgame and the one-suit squeeze
failed to produce an overtrick. Drat.
No doubt some of you are curious what yours truly bid over 1,
since you already know PASS was little more than a fleeting consideration.
Well, in fairness to your curiosity, and in the jovial spirit of the time
of year in which this article will be published, let's just say that my
auction WOULD have resulted in an overtrick!