Board 15. NS vul, dealer S.
This hand was reported in the daily bulletin where one S was declaring and
West uncharacteristically ducked when a C was led to J. After that he found
himeself squeezed in the minor on the run of major suits for -690. On our
table, there was no such story and we got -660 and a flat 39.5/77.
Board 16. EW vul, Dealer W.
We were defending 2S. On the surface we can get 3D, 1S, 2C, and a H ruff for
two off. But it's impossible to get all these because the H ruff was a loser
and we did not have the timing to do bother H ruff and knock out C stopper,
and cash D, arranging D ruff... so we got all the available tricks for +50. An
ok result 45.5/77.
Round 10. Agains Doug Doub et co.
Board 19. EW vul. Dealer S.
S W N E
P P 1H 2D?
P! 2N P P
Fred unexplicibly passed, although somewhat understandable at 2nd seat vul.
But AK and A were just too good. I wasn't sure whether to bid 2 or 3D. My
choice of 2D was, again, a bit unfortunate. Fred came in with 2N, and I left
him there, assuming he had S stack as none of oppo showed it. North led a
friendly H, and as the cards lie, 2N can be actually made. But understandably
Fred couldn't see the favorable lie in C and he chose to deep finesse D. Now
oppo cashed 6 tricks for one off. Surprisingly the was the 2nd biggest
disaster for us: 9.5/77. The reason being that all over the room people were
taking advantage in the C suit and one of the top pairs actually got to 5Cx
Again I could save the day by correcting 2N to 3D, but what was South's pass
there?? He looked like a man to trap me...
Board 20. Both vul. Dealer W.
Doub played 1N from north after an auction 1D-1H-1N. And I got off to a good
start by leading my singleton J, not S, as S only sets us up for 1 trick, but
H sets us 3. Fred won the K and knocked out the HQ as his H spots were just
good enough. I pitched a S to give up that suit. Doub played CA and led a C to
the T and Fred's K. Fred persisted with a H9, pinning the 8 and drove out the
A. At this point, Doub might be better off to finesse a D to ensure 1 trick
set. But he erred by playing a S up. Fred rose with the A, and cashed 2 more
H. Doub felt the pressure and pitched 2D. And I pitched 1D and 1S as well. The
When Fred led a D, Doub should just give up by rising with A and advance the
DQ. Somehow he was still trying to make the contract and finessed the DQ. That
was it as now the D was blocked and I knowed out CQ, and Doub was locked in
his hand to lead a S to my K, and I cashed the C for a 2-trick set. +200
The defense for 1N took too long and we were now 5 min behind. The bidding on
the following hand reflected the rushness.
Board 23. Both vul. Dealer S.
S W N E
1H 2D P P?
My pass was unexplicible. As the cards lie, S makes 4 and it's completely
irrelevant how many D we make. 12.5/77.
Board 24. Love all. Dealer W.
S W N E
1H P 1N(1)
P 2H P P
I had a choice after 2H rebid: 2N, 3D, or pass. 2N sounded too aggressive, and
I've just witnessed why playing in minor may not be such a great idea. Plus my
HQ could be a big card in 2H. Again my choice of passing was a bit unfortunate
as 3D plays better without the D ruff, and S lead was a bit hard to find.
The defense came to sympathy as they did not find the optimum defense for two
ruffs. Still we went 1 off for -50 for a flat 38/77.
Time is running out and we were still having a below average game, although by
not much. This round's opposition is Larry Cohen and David Berkowitz.
Board 1. love all. Dealer N.
N E S W
1D 1N P 2N
P 3N P P
Cohen-Berkowitz play 10-12 NT at this seat and vul so Cohen opened 1D, could
be short. I overcalled 1N and Fred invited naturally. With a hidden 5 card
suit, I was happy to take the invitation.
Apparently Berkowitz' opening lead is an ally, as last year when playing
against them I remember Cohen said before Berkowitz led: pd, your turn to cost
a trick, to which Berkowitz replied: could be two -- and last time Berkowitz
This time the lead didn't cost a trick but South led a S. Now my task is to
bring the H suit in without letting South get in. The only danger is if South
had singleton HJ or Jx, and CTx. I determined that this percentage is lower
and took the deep finesse. That was +400 and 61.5/77.
Board 2. NS vul, Dealer E.
N E S W
1C P 1D
1S x(1) 2S 3D
P 3N P P
(1) shows 3 card support
The bidding might look ridiculous and needs a little explanation. Fred
intended 3D to be just competition, but I play lebensohl whenever possible and
interpretted it as invitational. Hence the 3N bid now that I'm seeing 6
South led a S and North played the Q. There was no point for ducking so I won
the K. DK, DJ, covered all around revealed the bad break. Now I shifted to
scractching for less undertricks when dummy still has entry.
I ran the HQ successfully and then played the CJ, when North played low, I
guessed to play the CK and conceded the rest for -150. That was only 4/77 and
our hope basically evaporated.
Board 5, NS vul, Dealer N.
Fred chose to rebid 1N after opening a 4th seat 1C and I responded 1S. Which
is a winning decision. In general, it's always wrong to let oppo play non vul
NT and this holds true again. But the vul and chunky suit means no one could
In this sequence, can you blame N to lead a D and not the killing SJ? Fred
took 5C, 2D, 2H for +150, although it seemed he might be able to do better.
But that was 44/77.
Board 6. EW vul. Dealer E.
N E S W
1D 1S p
2S P 4S P
Fred led the D3. Now South's direct jump to 4S talked me out of his actual
shape. And the little-old-lady defense of A of D, D ruff, C to A, D ruff was
lost in the space. But there still wasn't any game for S so that means +50.
However, that's the least trouble NS found and there was only 28/77
matchpoints to take for us for this effort.