Razor Sharp

Hi all

It’s good to see I’m drawing more visitors over time. It makes me write more and better stories to keep my visitors happy. I have some ideas for improvements and enhancements, maybe a forum (or opening up comments), a reworked system corner. Offer better support for Internet Explorer, about 60% of all visitors still use it. Go get yourself a decent browser!

But all in good time. On a personal level, I’m on the lookout for a new (parttime?) job. My current job as a programmer at this internet pharmacy just isn’t working out for me. And if I could combine it with finishing my studies, well, that would be a blast.

You’re here for games. Here’s one. I could barely make out the details on the slip of paper I fumbled from out of nowhere. It is from a teams match some three months ago:

North
AQT4
Q8643
K5
95

I opened 2, showing 8-11 hcp and 4-5, 5-4 or 5-5 Majors. Now René bid 3. A trick, it shows an invitational hand with at least a four card suit fit somewhere. This gets doubled (probably lead directing), because of my maximum and wellplaced King I bid 4. You pick, partner! The auction ended in 4.

North Dealer
EW Vul
North
AQT4
Q8643
K5
95
West
K3
72
AQJ8
KQ862
East
752
JT95
T4
AJ73
South
J986
AK
97632
T4

René got a high lead and the continuation was for East. He rummaged through his cards for some time and played back a for the Ace. René’s Jack of got covered and the hand played itself. A back to the 9, King, small to table, a ruffed with the 8 and finally a towards the King. Claim ten tricks when the Ace was onside. I like René’s 3 bid, good fitting honours in the Major suits, so 3 will never be in danger. And opposite a maximum you are willing to try game. I agree it’s a lucky 19 point game we made, but then again, points have to come from somewhere, don’t they?

It’s very hard to spot, but the defence erred (missed an opportunity) this game. If a 3rd round of is played… yes, giving away a ruff and sluff… you have no loser to discard. You will lose control because the are 4-2, there’s just too much to do.

Update February 8, 2007: Martin has pointed out the ruff and sluff complicates things a little, but game is still on. I’m not infallible, he’s right.

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