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Hi all

I have been busy with my site a lot lately, coding and a bit of designing. I’m fed up with the sloppy code of my current WordPress template (though I really like the pictures and colours). I think later this week I’ll be able to launch the new look. For all IE users out there, symbols will be visible in all diagrams. That new piece of code I’ve already implemented, I’m curious if anybody noticed.

South
AKxx
Kxxx
AT86
x

Your RHO opens 1. Lots of good points and some distribution, but no clear call. With a stiff it’s miles away from a takeout double. So I decide to overcall 1, LHO passes and RenĂ© bids 1NT. Everybody except LHO agrees, he doubles, showing a penalty pass on . RenĂ© runs to and RHO doubles. I don’t know where this is heading, but I surely don’t like it. I remove to 2, doubled by LHO, end.

North
x
Axx
J7x
Q98xxx
South
AKxx
Kxxx
AT86
x

West leads a trump, via the Queen for my Ace. Let’s just try to grab as many tricks as possible. Ace and King of and a ruff follow, East discarding on the 3rd round. I cross to my King of and ruff another with the Jack. East doesn’t look happy and overruffs with the King. He returns the Queen of and now West doesn’t look happy. Not wanting to ruff in the air, he discards the Ace of (nice unblocking play!).

I play a small from dummy, sad West gaining the trick with the Ten. So far I managed to score two tricks, two tricks, a top trump and a ruff. And I still have T86 in trumps left, this is all working out just fine. West is thrown in now, and gets thrown in again, because he has one more trump than I do. So finally I score all three trumps, for a doubled overtrick.

East Dealer
All Vul
North
x
Axx
J7x
Q98xxx
West
QJTxxx
x
95xx
AT
East
xx
QJTxx
KQ
KJxx
South
AKxx
Kxxx
AT86
x

I wonder if this is one of those games where a trump lead isn’t right. I haven’t analyzed thoroughly what happens on a lead. But looking at the favourable position, I think eight tricks are always manageable.

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