My fondness for bidding conventions is no secret. It seems like most of the time when someone asks me what I would do with a particular hand at some point during my reply I find myself saying the words, “There’s this convention….” and then the listener’s eyes glaze over if they weren’t already. There is a particular class of convention that I particularly like but don’t spring on unsuspecting, inquiring minds and those are the conventions that introduce noise.
They aren’t allowed to be played except against artificial bids (e.g. 2♣ openers). Perhaps needless to say, due to limited application and opportunity I have little real world experience with them, but I love the idea in theory and I’m always on the look-out for hands on which one would have been applicable. Theoretically my favorite response to an opponent asking about a bid I’ve just alerted would be a shrug: “What does that bid mean?” “It’s forcing.” “And-???” *shrug*
One such convention that I play with the Mad Scientist (who else?) is called ‘Suction‘ and today it sucked, hard. My RHO opened an artificial, strong 1♣. I bid 1♦ showing either hearts or both black suits. My LHO doubled and now TMS bid 2♣. Because I was definitely going to be given the opportunity to take another bid I assumed that his bid was natural, probably a six card club suit and no interest in whatever my holding was, and for the record this was it:
Yeah, it really sucks, but I have five hearts and we’re not vul. against vul. and …. and …. and the name of the convention is “Suction” so ….
In retrospect, if I was going to bid at all, I probably should have bid 2♣ showing diamonds or the majors, but I didn’t. And now when TMS bid 2♣ I took it that that was his suit (naturally, since I have a singleton and I always have a singleton in his suit). Long story short, he was bidding 2♣ as pass or correct showing clubs and hearts and we played in our 4-1 club fit instead of our 5-4 heart fit and we were doubled, down six. But I still love this convention, in theory.