Board 25. EW vul, Dealer N.
In an uncontested auction, we chose to play in the S game instead of NT from
myside. South led his singleton CJ. I won the Q, and pull trump in 4 rounds,
and finessed a D to north's K. I won the return and run my winners to reach
W: - - AJ - vs E: - - 7 4. South was known to have 2D left, and North 1D and
1C. Now do I play for the squeeze or for the double hook?
After consulting with ceiling for a couple of minutes, I chose to play for
squeeze. Wrong! +650 is a major disaster. Was it unlucky? No. I made a mistake
in the play. The key suit in this contract is not S, not D, not C, it was H.
What I need to do is to win the CQ, run 4 rounds of trumps, pitching 2D from
dummy (or 1D 1H, but not 2H) forcing N to discard 1D and 1H. Now I duck a D to
North. I can win any return and play HA and ruff a H to hand. Now that North's
H is stripped, this would become a double show-up squeeze. And I don't need
any guess at all.
This error was penalized heavily as we only collected 13/77.
Board 26. Both vul. Dealer E.
Oppo invited game and stopped at 3H. Alas the DA was offside and we were
unlucky in this swing. 28/77. Assuming only 3H or 4H as result, this means
that around 56 pairs stopped at 3H, the rest 22 bid game. If the DA was
onside, then we would switch position and get 50 instead.
Board 3. EW vul, Dealer S.
After Fred's 1S opening, you can make a case for passing, forcing 1N holding
E's hand. Again I chose the unfortuate 1N. Now Fred invited with 3S, and he
played there. That was not a success as the cards lie. -100 and 27/77. Turns
out we didn't have to get to the optimum H partial to score well, we judt need
to score positive.
Board 4. Both vul, Dealer W.
Fred passed 1st seat. N opened a 11-14 NT. 2 passes followed, and Fred came
back to live with a 2D bid, showing both majors. Despite my 5 card H suit, and
the upgraded SQ, my minor K's would have only dubious value with known
shortness in pd's hand. So I took the low road with a 2H bid. Neither S or N
had any reason to further balance so I played there.
I lost the obvious 4 tricks for 140 and a surprising 52/77.
Round 7. Against Romik Pinhas et co.
Board 7. Both vul. Dealer S.
S W N E
P 1H x 2S(1)
x(2) P 3S 4N
P 5S P 6H
P P P
(1) limited raise or better
(2) showing the suit.
South's double has very dubious value as his hand would hardly suggest a save.
Or perhaps he just wanted to protect in case I was psyching. But the double
made our lives much easier as now I would have an easy redouble to show my SA.
In which case Fred would have an easy C cue. While North's raise deprived me
of this opportunity, it now clarified to me that Fred had a singleton S. Now I
had an easy and safe RKC to launch into and upon finding we were missing just
one keycard, bid the cold 6H. +1430 only worths 53.5/77. So more than half of
the field were in this 23 pt slam. A bit unusual in pair games. Tough game.
Board 8. Love all. Dealer W.
You've seen the bidding elsewhere and N was playing 6H. And it was up to me to
find the right lead now that we pushed them to this slam and raised the stake.
Alas I failed to recognize our stopper in C as cozofu did, and chose to defend
passively, partly worrying that dummy came down with AJ9x of S and a S lead
might hand a valuable entry to dummy. -980 worths 4/77. The biggest disaster
of the afternoon.
Board 11. Love all. Dealer S.
S W N E
1D x 1H 1NT(1)
2D P P 2NT
P P P
(1) schtoppers are for chicks.
South led the DQ, which I won with the K. After cashing 4 C, time to guess the
SQ. In the process, South discarded 1D, and N 1H 1S. As you can see, a correct
guess in S would net +150 for us, a huge score. But again I showed the
characteristic of losing streak by finessing S into north. Now they cash out
for 2 off which was what I started with. A very pool 21.5/77 and a big lost
Board 12. NS vul. Dealer W.
Through a competitive auction, North bought the contract in 3D. Some 4
successful finesses later, he was scoring +150. Even a poorer 18/77.