Paul Cronin

Wadda ya think???

Ran into an “unusual” bid yesterday – let me know what you think:

South opens 1C in first seat, West passes, and North bids 2C holding  AJ842   98   K9743  Q.

East bids 2H, South 3C, West 3H, North P, East 4H, and all pass.

East, never dreaming that North has a singleton club, badly misplays the hand.

When the debacle is over, East asks North what the 2C bid with a singleton club was about, and North replies “competitive”.

Does “competitive” make any sense when only your side has bid?

Wadda ya think???


John GooldNovember 3rd, 2011 at 1:16 pm

To answer your direct question: No.

Seems to me the response is off the wall. I wonder what South would have answered if, before overcalling, East had asked about the 2C bid (after all, almost everyone plays “Inverted Minors”, so it would be a reasonable question).

I think your in between the lines question is really, “Does it strike me this player/this pair is playing games?”.

My answer to that question would have been: Yes.

RyanNovember 3rd, 2011 at 5:36 pm

My answer would be a newcomer who misheard some lesson.

That bid makes no sense.

Stuart KingNovember 3rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I would call that a psychic.

JoeNovember 3rd, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Perhaps he confused his spades for his clubs and didn’t want to fess up?

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