Rigid Guidelines for eVil Twos
MrQ: Was it unreasonable to double 4♣? My thinking was: East showed me 9-11 points in diamonds and hearts so at least AQ or even AK in diamonds, even if AQ hoping K is in North’s hand to lead through it. 3 aces = 3 tricks. Either hearts will split 2-2 (if we only have 9) or diamonds will split so that’s 4th trick. My partner had only A of diamonds and both hearts and diamonds split badly – we scored bottom board. Even if not doubled that would be almost bottom board for us looking at other scores.
Guru: 2♦ opening was atrocious at the vulnerability (that is why I have a rigid guideline!) and you should have bid 4♥ if you believed your partner but doubling 4♣ was also reasonable.
MrQ: We played Evil Twos with my partner first time. Hopefully he will now see how important are the point ranges.
Guru: Deviating from guidelines may work with weak twos but with the evil stuff, not a good idea, especially when vulnerable.