Is there a better way to celebrate your first anniversary than to go down to the bridge club? I suppose there must be, but we settled for the club. Toward the end of the game, with no one vulnerable, I picked up this hand:
-- AK9743 KQT8632 --
I don't believe I've ever held this distribution before, and certainly not this strength. Before I say what happened, what's your plan for this hand?
I was still weighing my choices between 1D and a strong 1C when righty, the dealer, took those choices away from me with 3S.
This actually made my hand much easier to show. I bid 4N, which is a 2-suited takeout. When Z bid 5C, as I suspected he would, I leapt to 6D, showing my strength and making my two suits known. With Axx of diamonds, he had an easy raise to 7D, which was a laydown when my righty doesn't have any voids.
7H actually would've been the better contract (McKenzie held QTx in that suit), but bidding a making grand is usually good enough for all the matchpoints at this club, anyhow. Anyway, I thought I described my hand pretty well, and left the decision to my partner. McKenzie thinks I had a better way to show my hand. How would you have proceeded over 3S?