South was Alex Kolesnik, a good friend when I was in Austin Texas. He used to
be a Russian genius and was involved in some high school olympic competition
or some sort. After he immigrated to US, he took bridge and so much for
academic pursuit. Now he teaches in an Austin community colledge. He's
slightly older than me in the mid 30's but a gold life master already.
Board 27 Love all, Dealer S.
N E S W
P P P
This might not be the everyday sequence you see and needs a bit explanation.
South's 1C is strong and artificial. Against that, our method is Suction: a
bid suit shows either (1) the higher single suited hand, or (2) the other two
suited hand. For example, 1C-1S overcall shows either a C suit or D/H suits.
When Fred's 5C came to me, I gave this a brief thought before passing. I
thought about possibilities of Sunction but what's the point on 5 level?
Alex passed too and against the 5C, the North led a S to my K and A. Alex led
the CA and another. Fred finessed the T and cashed the CK. He then tried to
cash 2 D and the 2nd got ruffed. Alex played HK to Fred's singleton A and Fred
exited with another D. Alex can pitch a major but he still needs to give me
two at the end. So Fred got 1D, 2C, 1H, + 2 at the end. That was 5 off for
When the play ended, the director was summoned and there was a misinformation.
We were the offending side as I failed to alert Fred's bid, even though we
really didn't have agreement, as the director smiled to agree that the merit
of playing Suction at 5 level is minimal.
Alex's argument is should he be properly informed, he might double that and
our 5D will be doubled for -500, losing 3C 1D and 1S on perfect defense. We
naturally protested this claim as the prospect of doubling 5D was completely
unclear and South will choose to pass 5C even if we did so.
This hand was submitted to many experts and given the right explanation, each
and everyone passed 5C, so the score was to stand. However, for our failure to
alert (a non-existent) agreement, we were issued procedure penalty. Usually
this would be 1/4 to 1/2 board, but the director sympathized me and only
issued 2 matchpoint penalty. As a matter of fact, we got 14/51, so we couldn't
afford too high a penalty anyway, otherwise they might as well just adjust the
Board 28. NS vul. Dealer W.
N E S W
1D 1S x 2S
3D 3S 4C p
4D p 4H p
4N p 5C p
5D p p x
p p p
When 5D passed to Fred, he had heard enough of this nonsense and doubled. I
led a trump to the J, K and A. From there declarer had to lose 2S, 1H, 1D, 1C
after a correct H guess and that was +800 and 49/51.
Board 3. EW vul. Dealer S.
N E S W
p x p 2S
p 3D p p
x 3H x 3S
p p p
Another unusual auction that needs some explanation. South's 1N was 11-14. My
double shows a penalty (Cappelletti). Our method after that is to play system
on. That is, pd responds, if he needs to, as if I opened a strong NT. However,
Fred forgot that and bid 2S, which in our method was transfer to C. I had a
lapse too, and explained that was transfer to 3D. When North's double came, I
realized it was transfer to C, and since I didn't have tolerance in D I tried
to bid my suit up in case we could find something to play on 3 level. When
Fred corrected to 3S, no one had anything to say.
3S had the obvious 5 tricks to lose and went a quiet 1 off. Which appeared to
be an ok result as oppo's cold for 2N.
The director was summoned and they would take time to study the situation. A
decision will be made later and notify us at the end of the game. For the time
being, we wrote -100 on our score card.
Board 4. Both vul. Dealer W.
Fred got to play 3N after 1D-1S-2N-3C-3N. North led the DJ against that and
Fred let it ride to his A. He played a D back and collected the good news.
Next he unblocked D and ran the C to North's CJ, when the HK came back to HA,
Fred found himself in jeopardy if finessing C again. He rejected the finesse
and won the A, and cashed the D for 11th trick. That was +660 and avoided a
disaster for 28/51.
Fred's line was inferior. After learning the good news in D, the correct play
is to unblock D, play a S to A and cash a 4th D, pitching a H in dummy. Then
play another S back. When that suit is running, N is caught in an automatic
squeeze. In the 4 card ending you are left with HJ CAQ9 vs HA4 CT7. North must
either keep HKQ CKJ or HK CKJx. Either way you can end play him to lead
towards your C tenance for a great +690.