Rabbits and German beer in Groningen, part 2

Hi all

Here’s another rabbit from Saturday, Martijn pulled a fast one on the opponents.

South
AKQxxx
x
Axxx
xx

After pass-pass I open this hand with 1. LHO keeps silent and partner jumps to 6. Okaay, I wasn’t expecting that. Everybody is looking a bit stunned and my RHO fumbles through his cards looking for a lead. A small hits the table. Martijn eyes dummy for a second and claims 16 tricks.

North Dealer
– Vul
North
Jx
AKQJTxxxx
xx
West
xxx
x
KJxxx
KQxx
East
xx
xx
Qxxx
AJxxx
South
AKQxxx
x
Axxx
xx

West murmurs something about leading Aces against these kinds of sequences, but this gets lost in the surrounding noise.

Some uncounted number of rounds later Anna G. sits on my left. I know her from Poland a couple of years ago when I was still a junior bridge player. She’s playing with her Jeroen. I’m a bit embarrassed to show this game, it was the German beer and the friendly chatter that charmed her to her downfall.

South
AJ8xx
x
QT9xx
xx

Anna opens 1 and her partner splinters with 4. The auction ended in 4, but I gave 4 as a sacrifice a serious thought. Partner just has to have some in this auction, but I didn’t have the guts.

West Dealer
EW Vul
North
Qxx
952
xx
KQJTx
West
Kx
KT874
K
Axxxx
East
Txx
AQJx
AJxxx
x
South
AJ8xx
x
QT9xx
xx

No troubles here as you can see. But Anna went on a little adventure. She took the lead with the Ace and ruffed a . Crossed to hand with the King of  and another  ruff. Ace of  ( away) and a  ruff with the 4, overruffed by Martijn with the 5. The trump switch ran via dummy’s Queen to Anna’s King and she ruffed another with trump Ace. This is the position:

West Dealer
EW Vul
North
Qxx
9
Q
West
K
T87
x
East
Txx
Jx
South
AJ8
QT

Stuck in dummy she tried a but I rose with the Ace and played my Queen. It was a true uppercut. Looking at her unavoidable loser, she agreed she was one trick short. I’m a little bit happy our teammates went down in 6 for a wash.

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