In Sync, Out of Sync

Hi all

Last night at Star. Hoek and I are on a steady +20 imp per match. Not bad, but looking at the mistakes and several “Sorry, we have no agreements yet” it could have been so much better.

South Dealer
All Vul
North
A
QJxxxx
xx
xxxx
West
Txxxxx
Ax
xxx
xxx
East
KQJxx
x
Jxx
QJxx
South
x
KTxx
AKQxx
AKx

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
pass
1
pass
32
pass
4
pass
53
pass
6
a.p.
 

1. Unbalanced, 4+
2. Splinter
3. I have all controls, how about trumps?

No Ace asking, just thoughtfull and clear bidding. Sometimes I wonder about those Viking tools I spent so much time with developing and memorizing.

But we dug up more than just gold. Here’s a fine example of misunderstood dirt.

North Dealer
– Vul
North
Ax
Axxx
AQJxxx
J
West
KJxx
xx
xxxx
Qxx
East
Qxx
JTx
xx
Kxxxx
South
xxxx
KQxx
K
Axxx

Hoek (North) opened 1 and jumped to 4 when I responded 1. I had extras, the King of is certainly worth a lot, but I was afraid of more than one loser so I put a reluctant pass on the table. Thirteen tricks later Hoek and I had a small discussion.

A jump to 4 shows a solid suit with (at least) four , so that one is not possible. A direct jump to game shows a weakish hand with at least ten red cards. But you have way too much strength and first controls for that. So a slam invitational splinter remains. I guess we would have bid slam then.

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