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comments on yesterday's team match(1)

 

杨     庆

 

For hands, go to bridgebase.com/myhands and search my user name qing. I only played 12 hands on 10/29. So I will not list the hands here to save some time.

Overall lots of mistakes but I felt the hands were somewhat difficult, at least to me.

Board 1.
If you look at the sequence on our table, it's a bit strange. The problem was we probably weren't on the same page. I forgot what version of bergen we were playing, actually. So I wasn't sure 3D showed the good or bad 4-card raise. In any case it seemed to be safe to try a 3H, a priori, a last train game try. Junyi's hand is somewhat nice in his range, so he cuebid 4C on the way to game.
 That isn't great news to me, however, as I'd prefer him to have no waste in C. In any case, facing a maximum (still thinking 3D is the limited raise with 4-piece), I still have an easy cuebid of 4D, showing further interest. Now when Junyi retreated back to 4S, I have a bit of problem. Could he have Kxxx xxx K
x Axxx, in which case 6 would have great play? After long hesitation I decided I've shown my hand, with that rich control, Junyi could move over 4S himself. So I passed 4S.Both table missed the H lead which will seal the contract -- it takes double dummy to make the contract by finessing LHO's DQ, DK, S to A, and 4th D pitching the last H in dummy. Without knowing the bad S positions, taking such a deep
 position is virtually impossible.A very hard earned push, in my opinion.

Board 2.
Another hard earned push. After Junyi's 2H rebid, I have a bit of a problem.  I probably would be better off by signing off in 3D. But that can endbid junyi if he had a maximum or with a D filler. So I chose to describe my C stoppers by bidding 2N. When Junyi's 3H came back, I started to regret my choice. Still I had another chance to just take preference to 3S. But 3S can hardly be a success, as I see it, as we sure will get a trump lead, and both my D and C would be in toilet. On the other hand, from Junyi's voluntary pull to 3H, he's more likely to be 5-5-2-1 instead of 5-5-1-2. There's still the chance that he had a doubleton Jx or in a good day, Kx in D. So I tried 3N. When a loud double followed, I knew I was screwed. So I fled to 4D, and another loud double followed.
The play of 4Dx was quite interesting, on the surface I have to at least lose 3D, 1S, 2C. That would be a bloody toll-free number. So I might need to finesse HK to reduce damage -- but a losing finesse could cause sticks and wheels -- 1100 -- and when East led a CK, there isn't really room for HK to be onside.
So when she switches to a HA, I rose with A and immediately ruff a H, to reduce my own trump holding. Since East can have at most a doubleton C, it's pointless to ruff C now, so, instead, before opponents have a clear count, I tried a low S to the K. East did her best by playing the 10, but West still errored by winning the A -- ducking would be better. West had no trump to lead so he led a S back, my 9 was good but I need entry to dummy so I overtook with Q anyway to ruff another H, this time the HK came down. Now I have a complete count of the hand and it was open book from that point on. I ruff a C and two rounds of H pitching my C's, with East ruffing the 5th H. She, however, had all trumps left so had to led into my trump holding. That was endplay#1. I win and another low trump resulted endplay#2. So I got out for -200 and a surprising but delighting push. This is somewhat unlikely because the action in
 other room is even more horrible. There was hardly a right bid after 2D: East had no business doubling this; south should just stand, if not redouble, to get a rather profitable gain;north just took a preference, and where did South found the bid of 4S? How could west not double this when he had such good hold
ing in the majors, and his pd has announced he could take care of D? And in that sequence, how could there be any lead other than a trump? And, after CA, where was the trump switch? All in all, there are at least over 10 serious errors committed on this board... sometimes it's not rewarding just to play...

Board 3.
Both EW bid to the doomed 3N, and the way this was arrived was a bit curious on our table. I doubled 3S on the theory that they are heading to D game, as I don't have to lead direct if I myself was on lead against 3NT. In general, such double helps oppo more than youself, as in this case. A useful gadget to play in this case, as East has denied a S stopper (she bid H) is to use redouble as showing half stopper. That can at least help you bid the NT with a somewhat real stopper. West's confident bid of 3N did not work well here, as I led a low S anyway and we took the first 5S. After that it was easy and apparent for a H switch to get it 3 off. The other room, the first 5 tricks were same, but somehow North got happy and cashed the CA prematurely, dropping an undertrick. Our teammates must be surprised to see that -200 was good for a 3 imp gain, while +200 was a push in the last board.

Board 4.
The problem looked very hard, indeed, to me when Junyi's 1S balancing came to me. 1NT would describe my D stopper and hand strength well, but paint a completely wrong picture in terms of my shape. Passing would be too conservative, as sometimes partner might choose to overcall with 5-4-2-2, or 6-4-1-2, and certainly 5-3-2-3, which is most likely. My 2H was optimistic, actually, too optimistic and we can say, opportunistic. When 3C came back, things were looking all wrong. I should just leave it there. My 3H was baseless. And my 4S when 4C came back was even more so. Now West started to double and Junyi fled to his much better suit: C, at the end. A good choice, it turned out.In 5Cx, west led a trump and east correctly held the trump Q. Junyi won the CT and 2 more rounds of trumps followed, without getting the CQ down, in the process West pitched a H. A D might be better. A low D was led and West won the A and knocked out HA, dummy's last entry. He then ruffed another H and exited with trump to the Q. East can push a S through, but West was somewhat endplayed when winning. He chose to cash the HK, which is another error. A low D would be better as he knew the DQ was offside. HK sets up dummy's last H and west was hopelessly endplayed with the last S, giving an entry to dummy to enjoy the good H. So junyi escaped -500, surprisingly only a 3 imp loss. As in the other room, South was in 4S and went 4 off, but undoubled.

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