In the first episode of the television show Weeds, the two sons of the main character are obsessed with a fictional bear-hunting show entitled “Bear Hunt”. The catch phrase of that show which gets repeated through-out that first episode is, “You can’t miss the bear.” Take your shot, don’t take your shot, but whatever you do you can’t miss the bear.
Both sides vulnerable, the bidding had gone (P)-P-(1♣)- to me. I over-called 1♦ with:
I would have liked at least one four card major to double. My LHO doubled (which should be a negative double showing both majors). The long-suffering Washington redoubled and the opening bidder passed, so did I and, surprisingly, so did my LHO. So that left me in 1♦XX.
The opening lead was a small club. The dummy hit with:
The opponents took two club tricks and led a third one which I ruffed in my hand and was somewhat surprised that it held. I led a small diamond to my king and now my RHO dropped the queen which strongly suggested to me that my LHO actually had five diamonds, which meant he could not have both majors. This is where I went terribly terribly wrong. I led a small heart back to my hand and took the finesse.
Instead of a negative double my LHO doesn’t have anything in the majors he is instead 3=2=5=3 and no values in spades so my king of spades is dead and he got to ruff my king of hearts. On the other hand, my RHO (who opened) has both majors, he’s 4=4=1=4 so he passed assuming his partner would reopen with the better of his two majors.
You’ll note of course that if at trick four I had instead just taken my AK of hearts and my remaining good diamonds I would have had seven tricks right then (1 club ruff, AKJT of diamonds and the AK of hearts). Instead I was down 1 for -400. I’m an idiot. I missed the bear.