Geriatrics

Hi all

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I was a happy-go-lucky and worryfree bridgeplayer. I used to bid fairly high (read "insanely" here), but often I would compensate with thoughtful play or I could rely on partner for damage control.

Here, from a butler session at Dombo:

South
KJ864
2
AJT9543

I think everybody agrees with me it’s an opening bid.

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
pass
1
pass
1
pass
21
pass
22
pass
3
pass
4
pass
4
pass
43
a.p.
 
 
 

1. 4th suit forcing
2. 5-6+ distribution
3. let partner continue…

I thought I was too light to continue myself over 4 and I didn’t feel unhappy when the auction ended there.

South Dealer
EW Vul
North
AT7
AK854
8
Q763
West
Q52
QT976
Q7
KJ5
East
93
J2
K62
AT9842
South
KJ864
3
AJT9543

On a lead I had a safe route to ten tricks, I ruffed three in dummy.

It feels unsettling that more than half of the pairs present bid the slam. And made it too! I guess South got carried away with his/her nice collection. You need a favourable split, nothing nasty in trumps and preferably no lead. Apart from that slam is okay.

Did the fat lady sing already? Is it time for me to visit the old man’s home for retired vikings?

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