Hands distributed 8410 are pretty rare, so it was surprising to see two of them at the Northern Bridge League matches at Bradford on 29th August.
The text books don't say much about bidding freak hands, so decide what you would bid on these and see if you match the expert recommendations.
Non-vul vs Vul. IMPs Dealer West
Love All IMPs Dealer North
On the first hand David Barton bid five diamonds and Alan Jones with A10985, KJT64, A53, void judged well to raise to six diamonds; in fact only a trump lead could hold declarer to 12 tricks and opening leader didn't have a trump! At another table John Currie bid only three diamonds and after a four diamond raise and a series of control bids Rodney Lighton could see that all the controls were held, but couldn't count enough tricks, not expecting John to hold such a distributional hand.
On the second hand Stuart Davies of Yorkshire opened five clubs which ended the auction. This contract drifted two off with five diamonds making for the opposition.
At the other table Rodney Lighton started with one club and was eventually doubled in five clubs for the same two off.
The lesson from these hands is that hands with eight card suits should often be bid as high as possible as quickly as possible.