Here’s a game from last Thursday. It was a strange and difficult night, I’m still having some difficulties combining competitive bridge with my fulltime job. And there were some partnership hickups too, but better to have them now, than during competition.
If partner has wastage in I should just double them and be happy with +300. Then again it could be a neat example of perfect fitting hands where both sides can make game. But I have no way to find out.
When in doubt opt for play. But I agree in advance this attitude costs points. Everybody is fine with 5.
West starts with the Ace of . Whoa! Partner surely brings some nice cards. I ruff the second round of and I’m almost in claim mode. Both red Kings onside and twelve tricks are so cold I can chill my Martini with them. I play a small trump to dummy and West shows out. Oh! Better cancel that claim mode. I cross to hand with another trump to finesse in , but East wins and returns a third round of trumps.
I have nowhere to go and finish with ten tricks, losing a and two tricks in . Hoek doesn’t mention a thing, but I feel I deserve a suspicious look.
When in dummy I should have ruffed the third and then finesse in . East will win and return a trump, but now I still have enough trumps left to score eleven tricks on a cross ruff.
I got punished for my laziness. I didn’t acknowledge the dangers of a 0-4 trump split and when I found out I was too dumbstruck to rethink my strategy and plan.