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A Psych Story

I have been playing bridge for over 45 years.  I can count the number of psychs I have made on two hands.  In fact, one of my mottos is that if something bad happens after a psych, it is always the fault of the psycher.  However, an incident that occured this past weekend made me think about reconsidering my motto.

Matchpoints, nonvul against vul, sitting in third seat.  I picked up this collection:

86 T64 9865 JT83

While contemplating this hand, I thought about what I might do in the remote case that it went 2 passes to me.  Then it went 2 passes to me.

I made the obvious 1 opening bid.

LHO shook noticeably and eventually doubled.  My passed hand partner bid 2, a transfer advance showing a good hand with spade support (there are several distinct possibilities, but all of them show constructive values with at least 3 spades).  My RHO passed, and so did I.  To me, this revealed the psych, as my partner's 2 transfer advance was forcing.  But clearly this was lost on partner.

My LHO, after some thought, bid 2NT.  Partner, clearly oblivious to what was going on, called 3.  I knew we were in trouble.  RHO passed, and I passed.  LHO thought for what seemed like 60 seconds, and finally doubled.  Partner passed, and my RHO, after considerable thought, came to the rescue with a 4 call.  I passed, and LHO, after what seemed like 90 seconds, also passed.  My passed hand partner bid 4!  Pass, Pass, Double, all pass.

Here is the full hand:

West
AQ2
AJ872
AK3
A7
North
KJ7
KQ5
1072
Q642
East
109543
93
QJ4
K95
South
86
1064
9865
J1083
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
X
2
P
P
2N
3
P
P
X
P
4
P
P
4
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
4X South
NS: 0 EW: 0

When the smoke had cleared, I had gone for 1700.

I still think that the ultimate blame for anything that goes wrong after a psych is the responsibility of the psycher.  But after this hand, I am not so sure.

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