Neither vulnerable. North deals.
x Void
u Q 4
v A K Q 8 5
w K Q 10 5 3 2
x A K Q 10 8 7 5 3 x 9
u 10 7 5 u K 6 3 2
v 6 v J 10 9 7 4
w 8 w J 9 6
x J 6 4 2
u A J 9 8
v 3 2
w A 7 4
The bidding:
1D Pass 1H 2C
2D Pass 2NT Pass
6C Pass 6NT Pass
Pass Pass
Opening lead: King of S
In the 1930s and '40s, psychic bidding was quite the rage. But as bidding has developed, methods of combating the psyche have caused it to all but disappear from the game. But it can still wreak havoc, as this deal from the World Bridge Olympiad some years ago offers eloquent proof. Sitting West was Fadi Bustros of Lebanon, a well-known prankster. North-South were internationalists with illustrious reputations.
North did not think that the hand was good enough to reverse and so opened one diamond to provide himself with an easy rebid. South responded one heart and Bustros threw in an innocent two-club psyche. North rebid two diamonds and South tried two no trump. That exposed West's psychic bid to North, who now bid six clubs, a contract he expected to make and indeed 12 tricks, perhaps 13, were there for the taking. South must have read this as some sort of space-age cue-bid and corrected to six no trump, which became the final contract.
By now, Bustros was almost doubled up with laughter as he calmly cashed three spades for a two-trick set. He still always considered this his favorite hand.
XThis column is written by Tannah Hirsch and Omar Sharif. For information about Charles Goren's newsletter for bridge players, call (800) 788-1225 or write Goren Bridge Letter, P.O. Box 4410, Chicago, Ill. 60680.
& copy; 2004, Tribune Media Services

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