Lucky chemistry

Hi all

Peter-Paul and Anne got married last Friday. It was such a nice wedding and what a party they threw! I’ll write a bigger report on it, but not until I get my hands on a nice picture (or a couple) of the newlyweds.

Back to the important stuff. Bridge. Here’s some chemistry from Hendrik and me last Thursday, we bid like this:

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
pass
1
pass
12
pass
23
pass
34
pass
35
pass
46
pass
46
pass
57
pass
68
a.p.
 

1. Either a strong NT or unbalanced 4+
2. Unbalanced
3. 4th suit forcing
4. Showing a 4-0-4-5
5. Setting trumps
6. Cue
7. Extras, with bad trumps I would have signed off
8. Alrighty then

West leads the Jack of .

North
QJ7x
AKJxxx
Axx

South
A8xx
xxxx
AKQxx

Where to start? A crossruff looks like a solid plan, but the trumps together are not that good. If you go for another (trumpdrawing?) plan, there are losers and communication problems all over. And there’s an external factor to cope with, I have to maintain the current chemistry with Hendrik. Disappointing him by screwing up a delicate slam will certainly stifle our chemistry.

So I took the lead with the Ace. Cashed the Ace and King of (discarding a and a ), ruffed a , Ace and King of (dumping those dirty ) and ruffed a .

North
QJ7
Jxx

South
A8x
x
Qx

Still having no clue what to do I ruffed a 4th round of (East discarding a , West coming up with the Queen). Next I tried to cash my Queen but East ruffed and played back a high , West ruffing with the Ten in front of dummy (overruffed).

North
Q7
Jx

South
A8x
x

I took my last chance, playing West for T9 bare in trumps I asked for the Queen in dummy. It holds and West shows his 9 with some remorse. The rest is easy, I play high from dummy until East comes up with the King of trumps. Claim 12.

South Dealer
EW Vul
North
QJ7x
AKJxxx
Axx
West
T9
QTxx
Jx
Jxxxx
East
K6x
xxx
KQTx
xxx
South
A8xx
xxxx
AKQxx

So the trump position is very favourable and other suits break good too, shortness in front of shortness. But I still don’t know what’s the best plan, or how good this slam is. I guess Lady Luck smiled a little seeing the chemistry between Hendrik and me (+40 imp).

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