The Hunger

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Stories keep stacking. Last night was a rich night for writing content.

North
AQ9752
A6
J5
AT2
South
KJ84
8532
K87
Q7

Sitting South I had to declare 4. These things happen when you play a big and the opponents interfere. You’re playing pairs, so you want to rake tricks from where ever you can. The lead I took and a to my King survived, I exited in . My RHO plays two top , ruffed in dummy. Ten tricks are cold now, but sometimes I just get this unsatiable hunger for more.

I cross to the Jack of and ruff another high, to the King, and I ruff my last high. Leading to this position:

North
7
AT2
South
84
Q7

I play two more rounds of trumps and watch all discards carefully. One is missing. Blood rushing through my veins I put the Queen of on the table. Covered by the King, the Ace in dummy and East apologizes to his partner while showing the Jack. Eleven tricks and eternal glory.

North Dealer
– Vul
North
AQ9752
A6
J5
AT2
West
6
T74
T963
K9843
East
T3
KQJ9
AQ42
J65
South
KJ84
8532
K87
Q7

Here’s some candy if you’re still hungry. Relay away!

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
QJ
J653
A8
K9874
West
8652
T94
KT96
J6
East
T974
QJ752
QT52
South
AK3
AKQ872
43
A3
West
North
East
South
 
pass
pass
11
pass
22
pass
23
pass
2NT4
pass
33
pass
35
pass
33
pass
3NT6
pass
43
pass
47
pass
78
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Big, 16+
2. Unbalanced, 5+ and 8+ hcp
3. Relay
4. 4 card suit
5. 2-4-2-5
6. 1 Ace
7. 1 King
8. I’ll ruff out those to get rid of my loser

As it happened there was no need to ruff out the . Had RenĂ© held the King, he wouldn’t have sold his hand as unbalanced. We were on the same wavelength, though we had plenty of room to find out.

Still hungry? Your LHO opens a weak two in , René jumps to the game. What do you do?

South
975
2
A63
AKQT64

I don’t like my stiff trump and my holding doesn’t turn me on as well. So a conservative pass followed. I was way off.

West Dealer
NS Vul
North
A86
AKQJ63
5
872
West
KQJT43
54
QJ7
J5
East
2
T987
KT9842
93
South
975
2
A63
AKQT64

Fourteen clean tricks from top. Try to bid it youself, even when your partner just bids 3 it’s very hard to reach slam. The grand is just impossible to bid I think.

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