To crack a whip

Hi all

More Patton, from last Tuesday. There were some crazy games and a couple of fatal mistakes. This deal my opponents were playing with my head. They said they were looking for down two vulnerable, but all they did was offer me a chance to steal my contract.

South
AJ84
T9x
AKxx
Tx

RHO opens 1 and I double for takeout. I’m not really happy with my distribution, but I have good points and a four card suit. Hoek bids 2 (showing a good hand) and this gets doubled by RHO. Now I could have passed to show a minimum, but I was afraid Hoek would move on to 3, so I bid 2. Everybody takes ten seconds to think, but nobody has anything to add.

North
T76
Qxx
QJx
AKxx

South
AJ84
T9x
AKxx
Tx

The opponents start with three rounds of (West discarding two ). East returns the Queen of . I take it in dummy and review my options and chances. Something good has to happen in , so I try a small one to my 8, losing to West’s 9. The continuation I take again in dummy and I ruff a (East discarding a ).

The distribution is still a mystery to me. Still either opponent could hold four trumps, I could not see. Now when I played two rounds of , East discarded another . What the hell? Why doesn’t he ruff for down one? The third round of also stays alive, so I’m in my hand right now:

North
T7
x

South
AJ
A

If I had read the position correctly, East holding four trumps with King-Queen, the solution is easy. Ruff my Ace of with the trump Ten. East will have to overruff, but is then endplayed. Forced to give me a free finesse in trumps.

East Dealer
All Vul
North
T75
Qxx
QJx
AKxx
West
92
x
Txxxx
Jxxxx
East
KQ65
AKJxxx
x
Qx
South
AJ84
T9x
AKxx
Tx

I couldn’t believe my opponents were this bad, so I threw the hand away for minus one. If only I had been alert enough. If only, if only! I would have loved to crack my whip on East for his greediness.

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