Cam French

What is Love?

Dance Mix ’95 – Haddaway – What Is Love 

At the Toronto Regional I held this:


All vul
You Hold
Q5  Q1098  863  AK72
Pass on your right, you pass, (do you?) LHO tries 2D (weak) and partner bids 2S. Pass to you.
I dare say this might make a MSC problem so I sent it to TBW.
3S/4S/3D/3C, and to my mind the least likely – Pass. What is your call? Think about that a moment before you scroll down.
At the other table the auction was the same to this point, my counterpart bid 4 spades which made easily.
Bidding is a dialogue and good partnerships exchange information to explore both strain and level. I don’t know what suit we belong in let alone what level. This is a good problem because there are various options, none of which stand out from the crowd. I tried 3 clubs because
i) I have values therein
ii) it is forcing  
iii) it saves space and gives partner room to rebid accurately  
Although it was undiscussed (I just don’t play that much) I meant it as an expession of values, forward going and the next thing I knew, boy were we moving at warp speed. My 3C begat 3D from partner, I bid the obvious 3S and he bid 6 clubs!  I thought about that for a while and eventually passed. (we had played one 4-3 fit with Qxx opposite AKxx) at the grand slam level (yikes) already that day, yes they were 3-3 though we didn’t deserve that break. (sorry Fred) 
I bought well.
Partner had
AKXXX      K      AQ10   Q9XX 
I had
Q5  Q1098  863  AK72
and it rolled home. What is love at the bridge table? Making life easy for partner. Easier said than done, which is why we love our game so. 
Baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me – no more. 🙂 


Michael YuenApril 23rd, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I liked your auction and enjoyed the song also.

Steven GaynorApril 24th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I like a 3D bid which I am sure will get 3N by partner, which should make with ease. It is great that you found the magic 6C, but I would guess a fair %age of the time 3C leads to spade or club contracts struggling on bad splits.

Cam FrenchApril 28th, 2012 at 2:46 am

It is a great song…..(from a lousy movie, A Night at the Roxbury if I recall) ….

I asked a few hot shots and I would say most said 3D, which in my partnerships tend to show a fit and QX is sufficient opposite a partner who overcalls at the 2 level.

The fact that there are multiple choices is what makes it a compelling problem.


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