A Bridge Phantasmagoria
THE THREE SUITER
The Acol System fails to cater for the strong 3-suiter with 17 plus points and Acol players simply pray that it will never happen. Being rather a rarity, it does not warrant a special bid for the purpose and one solution is to use the Acol Two Diamonds as 2-way - either an Acol Two Diamonds or a strong 3-suiter.
A relay response of Two Hearts asks for definition and opener rebids:
(1) After Two Spades showing a major singleton:
(a) 2NT is asking and opener shows singleton and strength thus:
(b) 3C or 3D to play right there or, if exceptionally strong, opener could bid his major singleton
(2) After Two No-trump showing a minor singleton:
(a) 3C is asking and opener shows singleton and strength thus:
(b) 3H or3S to play right there or, if exceptionally strong, opener could bid his minor singleton
All the foregoing is by way of introduction to the bidding on the under-noted extraordinary hand.
East-West game: South deals:
If you have done your homework, you will know that four Diamonds showed a spade singleton and 21/22 points, and so Six Diamonds from North had some justification.
West led off with ace and another spade. Meaning to discard the nine of hearts, South saw that the card that hit the table was the nine of diamonds. He had ruffed his own winner!
Maintaining a poker face, he had to draw four rounds of trumps and got the strong feeling that East had parted with a heart with great reluctance. As there was no explanation other than he was also holding clubs, South made the unnatural discard of a club, and four heart tricks gave him his contract.
“That was some heck of a play,” applauded North.
Without even blushing, South replied, “Well I needed time to decide which suit I should make my discard from.”
It was also fortunate that South did not have a proper knowledge of the Rules, because he was entitled to pick up the nine of diamonds provided he did so at once.
Before leaving this subject, here is a fine example of the system at work:
The responder knows that opener must have at least 13 points in spades and clubs so the slam is on a finesse at worst.