Golden note

 Hi all

I did karaoke last Saturday. There, I said it, I had to get it off my chest. We (René, Nira, Claudia and I) played Singstar on the Playstation2, songs ranging from Dolly Parton’s "9 to 5" (just impossible), to Europe’s "Final Countdown" (so incredibly cheesy), to Song 2 by Blur. That last song I was able to hit the sweet spot, a golden note on the first "Woo Hoo!". The rest of the songs I did pretty awful, but we had lots of fun. I never would have guessed it was this nice.

Another one from last Tuesday:

East Dealer
All Vul
North
K542
75
865
Q973
West
73
A6432
K4
AT62
East
A986
QT8
QT97
K4
South
QJT
KJ9
AJ32
J85

Our opponents (NS) stumbled into the ugly contract of 2NT. There’s not even a remote chance of getting to 8 tricks, but let’s see how René and I really peeled tricks from declarer. René (West) led a for declarer’s King, I took the 3rd round of and fired back another , declarer eventually on lead with the 9.

East Dealer
All Vul
North
K
86
Q973
West
43
K4
AT6
East
8
QT97
K4
South
AJ32
J85

I think declarer should be able to read the position to be something like this. A straightforward plan, try a to the 9. I cannot reproduce declarer’s play, but I do remember the endposition:

West
3
4
AT
 
South
AJ
J8

René played his 5th and South had to find a discard. Declarer is stripsqueezed! We left declarer with 5 tricks. I haven’t analyzed thoroughly, but a to the 9 looks like it could lead to a lucky seven tricks while 2 is on ice for EW. Not unimportant in pairs.

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