Pleasanton sectional

Hi all

Life is back to normal, well, as normal as it can get in Berkeley. I’m still on the lookout for a job, but recently CNN brought the news that the unemployment rate in California has risen to more than 9%. Combine that with the global economic situation and you can figure out that I’m in for a bumpy ride. Oh well, we’ll see what the future brings us.

Last weekend was exciting. On Saturday I played a sectional in Pleasanton together with Andrew G. The morning session we scored a fine 60% round, the afternoon session my lack of routine struck for a skinny 51something%. That feels good if you haven’t played a serious match in weeks… months. And on Sunday Sanne and I went to a Bay Area Quasi Juniors party in San Francisco. That’s quite the mouthful. Games and beer, you don’t need extra ingredients for a succesful party.

Here’s a deal from Pleasanton:

South
JT97654
96
86
Q8

 
Your sitting 3rd seat, vulnerable against not, pondering whether or not you should (or dare to) pre in . But to your surprise your partner opens 1 and your RHO overcalls 2. Right! You have maximum support but a terrible flat distribution. Maybe a direct jump to game obfuscates things best for the opponents, but I chose to bid a timid 2 intending to bid up to the five level if needed. LHO supports and partner makes a nice describing bid with 4. The auction ends with my 4 bid. Huh?

West
North
East
South
 
1
2
2
3
41
pass
4
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Natural, intending to compete to the five level if there is a double fit present

RHO starts with a top and I ask partner with a smile how many trumps he expects. I drop all seven of them on the table and I’m not surprised Andrew is set one trick.

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
AKQ82
J8
KQJT4
J
West
3
QT5432
73
KT72
East
AK7
A952
A96543
South
JT97654
96
86
Q8

 
Having seven trumps as support is a nice thing, just as bidding a timid 2. But I’m still wondering what East was looking for. Did he need another Ace to bid? Didn’t he hear his partner support? I know for sure that we would have reached at least small slam if we had held the EW cards.

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