Your hand - K2, AQJ9, AKJ98, 87.
Right hand opponent opens 1 Heart!
What do you bid?
My partner (of 30 years, and with whom I never fall out) and I had a complete shambles, and a very bad result, when I chose double, on the grounds that I felt I was strong enough to ignore his almost certain Spade bid and bid again (forcing).
He thinks a simple overcall would have been correct, following up with a double to make him bid if necessary.
I'm veering towards a 1NT overcall, but both these ideas could have beenaffected by the result of my actual choice.
Anybody fancy passing 'a la Zia'?
You want to know how it went? (opponents bids in brackets)
(1H) X (1NT) 2S, 3D, 5C, 5S (X)
Partner had a 8 count - 4 Spades Qxxx (and preferred to mention them, as we do have an understanding that a take out double of one major promises something significant in the other, but I say there has to be an exception when you're strong enough to bid again. His leap to 5 Clubs was on a nice 6 - card suit headed by KQJ, a small doubleton in Diamonds and a singleton Heart.
To be fair to partner, he played the 4/2 trump suit at the 5 level quite beautifully to get out for 2 off (-300NV), but he was not a happy bunny!
(1H) 2D (P) P (P) would have got us a positive result but with 8 points opposite I'd normally want to be in game.
(1H) 1NT, 2C(stayman) 2D, 2NT, 3NT would have got us to game and avoided a heated discussion (as I say, we never fall out!).
At the other table the bidding went:
(1H) X 1S 1NT 3NT In our system, this would have been showing 19+ (a hand too strong to overcall 1NT)
What a game!