This hand is from Turkish championships. Tokay and Versace land on this 4♠ contract. It was not easy at all to call it, in fact at the other table they missed it. It was an act of courage of Tokay to bid 3♠!
Many times such bids could return into a disaster. In case of missed fit in ♠ they probably should land in 4§ taking huge risk. In my humble opinion also great players should start to consider immediate bidding that show a 4 major and 5+ minor distribution shape. Imagine if Tokay was able to bid directly something to show 4♠ and 5+♣ ; at that point Versace could easily id the game.
This other hand is taken from the gold cup. I highlight this hand because in this case I want to underline which is the key bid: Pass from West (Brogeland) in first position. A disciplined bidding allowed opponents to arrive to the normal contract of 3NT that was easy defeated. At the other table West decided that his cards were worthy of an aggressive 2♠ opening. The result was that opponents were pushed to bud the much better contract of 5♣ .
Sometimes it pays off to be overaggressive but in most of the cases it’s discipline that gives you the best results on the long run!
In my opinion it’s better to play wisely an aggressive system than to play aggressively a standard system. If you build your system to be aggressive then you are ready also to face off the opponents’ biddings
And finally let’s see a game I played on BBO with occasional partner.
Here as you can see we missed an easy diamonds slam. Let’s analyze the bidding:
- 2♥ by East is a bit aggressive for my taste in first position anyway when not vulnerable it can work
- Double by South is perfect
- 2♠ by West is a bit questionable, because you have huge ♥ fit and you would like opponents to play ♠ in case they have a 4-4 fit. I would have bid directly 3 or 4 ♥
- Double by North shows HP and will to play in a not bidden suit
- 2♥ by East is questionable. East already described his hand. He should leave partner final decision
- Pass by South is horrible! With partners for sure fitted in both minors he should double again or bid 4♥ to show will to play a slam
- Pass by West is horrible! He should raise to 4♥ and be ready to sacrifice in case opponents bid slam
- Double by North is to not give up the bid since we have more HP
- 4♦ by South is again horrible. It looks like that he is forced to bid. At this point 4♥ was mandatory
- Pass by North is ok, I have already overbid
There are a lot of interesting hands outside there and it’s a pity to not bid them well when they occur.
The game was easy with 12 easy tricks collected by South