Round 6. Against the seeded pair 1.
Board 13. Both vul. Dealer N.
After South opened a 2N, NS bid to 6D from South through a complex artificial
sequence. Here if you play puppet staymen, after South responded 3N, North
could bid 4D natural and forcing to offer the picture. From then on normal
cuebidding sequence will get you to the slam. Because of the SJ, it turned
out, 6NT was lay down but that would be much more difficult to get. -1370 was
18.5/51 so there are quite some who missed the slam. Perhaps some North chose
to invite via quatitative, which South would deny with a minimum and
Board 14. Love all, Dealer E.
N E S W
P P 1H
P 2H* P P
x P 2S 3D
P 3H P P
Since we play reverse drury, my 2H promises less than an invitation hence
Fred's passing. After NS's balancing, Fred found his hand improved a bit if I
had S shortness so he made a moderate game try. I had good D but only 3 trump
support and SK is of questionable value so I signed off.
Against 3H, North led the S. Due to the balance double, Fred double hooked
trump for 1 loser and that was 170 but a surprising above average 27.5/51.
Perhaps some managed to compete to 3S without getting doubled. Or some chose
to double finesse trump after D lead to 9 and A.
Round 7. Against pair2, unseeded pair.
Board 17. Love all. Dealer N
This is a hand featured in the daily bulletin where Barry Rigal seemed to be
inconclusive about how to get to 7N. Here's our effort:
2N is Jacoby and 3N shows a balanced maximum. Some cuebids follow and I asked
key cards. 5H asked SQ and 5N shows that and no side K.
My jumping to the 7S was rough. At the table it wasn't quite clear to me what
6D would mean and I didn't want Fred to hesitate to bar me from bidding grand.
On reflection there's no abmiguity in the meaning:
6D: ask pd to bid 7S with 3rd round D control, either Dxx or DQxx. Or 7N with
7D: ask pd to bid 7N with Q of D.
Bidding to 7S worths 38.5/51, rather surprisingly. Left to our own devices,
it's hard to imagine how one can miss this grand, so the only explanation is
some South might chose to preempt in H, and some bidding spaces are taken away
and maybe EW did not have space to find out the magic fit.
Board 18. NS vul, Dealer E.
N E S W
1D P 1S
P 1N P 2D
P P 2H 3D
P P P
Against my 3D, South led the CQ, and I won the A. I played 3 rounds of trump
ending in dummy and led the H3 to my J. Can you blame North not to put up the
HK? Now when South won the A, he's concerned that I've set up the H for C
discard so he led another C. That was exactly what I was trying to talk South
into, and now I pitched the H from dummy. When I can ruff out the HK, I had 10
tricks and 130 for 36.5/51.
The root problem, of course, is that NS wasn't too clear on the 1st C played.
When a Q is led and dummy had no K, the primary signal should still be
attitude. That would avoid the NS disaster. On the other hand, North was not
alert enough, since I've shown CAK, DA, there's no room for me to have both
HAJ, so rising with the HK has to be the right play -- if I had HA, given
south's known H suit, wouldn't I play a low H to Q hoping to slip by?
Board 23. Both vul. Dealer S.
South opened 1D and North responded 2C. When South then raised this to 3C,
soon North was declaring 5C to this contract. There was nothing to the play
and really nothing we could do. We just had to collect -600 and 10.5/51.
Board 24. None vul. Dealer W.
If the bidding in previous hand did not sound very convincing, it might be
that this pair is just aggressive. Since with this NS card, they bid to the
hopeless 6D. Against that Fred led a S and declarer won per force. He led a C
to the A and led a H up to his K. Fred won the A and cashed another. I still
had the DJ to overruff the H and that was down 2. 44/51.