Our auction could hardly be faulted. My partner, as North, opened One No-trump (12-14 points) and East overcalled with Two Spades. This set me no problems and I bid Three Diamonds, forcing, for we were playing the Lebensohl convention. Had I merely wanted to contest with Three of a suit, I would have been able to bid Two No-trumps, requesting partner to bid Three Clubs which I would either pass or convert to Three of my suit, now non-forcing.
Partner might have supported diamonds immediately but, with a double guard in spades, bid Three No-trumps. I advanced with Four Clubs and, after hearing diamond preference, ascertained that the one key card was missing and settled for Six Diamonds.
I expect you can guess how the play went. West, void in his partner's suit, led the jack of clubs. East ruffed, returned a spade, and the defenders took the first five tricks. Finally I was able to claim, explaining that I was drawing trumps, but neither opponent, even after a close search, had any left.
The real trouble was that most pairs in the event were playing a strong no-trump and five-card majors. As a result, it was North who opened One Diamond and became declarer. Now the defenders, after a spade lead, could make only four of their trumps.Reuse content