President’s Day Regional (part 1)

Hi all

Last Sunday I played the Compact KO Teams, President’s Day regional. When I entered the playing room I was surprised, I could see something like 150 tables, and this was not the only room. There were several events held simultaneously (pairs, Swiss, senior etc).

We meet our teammates and have a small chuckle over the differences in system. We play our modified Viking Precision and they play some vanilla 2-1 system. I don’t think the difference can be any bigger than this.

First match, first board. We’re in for a ride:

South
KQ63
KJ6
AKJT84

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
pass
12
pass
1NT3
pass
24
pass
25
pass
2NT6
pass
37
pass
3NT8
pass
4
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Big, 16+
2. Game forcing: 8-11 hcp, balanced or at least a 5 card
3. Relay
4. 5 card ; balanced or a sidesuit in
5. Relay
6. Balanced
7. Agreeing , natural continuation
8. Undiscussed, but it sounds like a collection of Queens and Jacks and suggesting a place to play

South Dealer
– Vul
North
A9542
QT83
KT5
7
West
J87
942
AJ742
Q5
East
T
A75
Q9863
9632
South
KQ63
KJ6
AKJT84

Greg had forgotten (due to the excitement of playing a new system) about the inversions of 1 and 1. So he had to mastermind his way out of the mess he created. But the trumps had a friendly split, and when the Queen of came tumbling down there were twelve tricks for a push. Luckily the opponents didn’t have the right tools to find the cold slam.

If you play an highly artificial system like this it is like keeping a rhino as a pet. No problems if you treat it nice and with respect, else it will smack you around and leave you broken, beat and scarred.

We were both very awake after this incident, and the rest of the day all relays were flawless. Cheerio!

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