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