Soaring and Crashing

Hi all

Last night pairs at Dombo, I played with Frank. About half the games we soared through the skies scoring top after top after top. Now in my deepest and darkest voice, the other twelve games were bottom low. Sometimes we went so deep down we could say hi to Kerberos in the underworld.

Here we soared.

West Dealer
NS Vul
North
4
AKQJ4
J4
JT762
West
JT973
98
AKQ83
8
East
K62
652
T7652
94
South
AQ85
T73
9
AKQ53

West
North
East
South
1
2
pass
41
pass
4
pass
42
pass
4NT
pass
5
pass
6
a.p.
 

1. Fitshowing
2. I control and

Frank ruffed a in dummy and claimed twelve tricks. Easy.

Here we took a plunge, head first.

South Dealer
EW Vul
North
KQ
KQ82
84
AK765
West
986432
JT965
T3
East
T75
A
J6
QJT9842
South
AJ
743
AKQ9752
3

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
pass
2
pass
2
pass
2
pass
21
pass
3
pass
4
pass
4
pass
4NT
pass
5
pass
5
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Fourth suit forcing

When I look at the auction now I see stress and insecurity. Let’s see what went wrong. With almost eight tricks in my hand I should do more than just a timid 2 after a two-over-one, a 3 bid is certainly justified. After Frank’s reverse I had too much power I had not shown yet, but I could not repair anymore. And when I asked for Aces I didn’t get the information I wanted/needed. If Frank had asked for Aces his picture about my hand would have been complete and he might have been able to pick the right spot in 6NT.

There was no little voice in my head saying 5 is worth zilch in pairs, only dead silence. Luckily it wasn’t a complete zero for us, because one pair went down in 6 on an enemy cross ruff.

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