Qualified, part 2

Hi all

No progress whatsoever with the ACBL. I’m a little scared that they will be vigilant about my Dutch masterpoints, and I can’t foresee what will happen then with my/our qualification. In The Netherlands I have some 5000 points, and that would put me in the top 15% of all Dutch bridge players. But 5000 US eligibility points would catapult me in the top 1% of all US players. That kind of conversion just doesn’t make sense.

It’s funny, I sort of want the ACBL to acknowledge I’m a crappy player and hand me the correct amount of masterpoints, so I’m allowed to play in Flight B after all. Another option is that they promote us to Flight A… (but that’s unlikely, I guess). It’s a strange world.

Here’s another spectacular deal:

South
A863
KT62
AQJ
AK

West
North
East
South
 
11
pass
1NT2
pass
23
pass
24
pass
2NT5
pass
34
pass
3NT6
pass
44
pass
47
pass
4NT4
pass
58
pass
6NT9
a.p.
 
 
 

1. 11-13 bal, or unbal 4+ , or any 4441
2. GF relay trigger
3. 4 crd suit 11-13 bal, possibly 4441
4. Relay
5. 4 crd suit
6. 4-4-4-1
7. 1 Ace
8. 1 King
9. NT plays just as good, I’m not interested in any ruffs.

Greg received a passive lead and this is what he could see.

North
JT75
AQJ4
K963
7

South
A863
KT62
AQJ
AK

You have eleven tricks from top, you only need to conjure one extra trick from the suit.

Greg took a couple of and tricks and with no extra information he asked for the Jack of from dummy. East was fumbling through her cards and Greg got excited cause there was a right decision to take. He thought. Until East discarded a . He quickly claimed down one.

North Dealer
All Vul
North
JT75
AQJ4
K963
7
West
KQ942
97
T852
J8
East
853
74
QT965432
South
A863
KT62
AQJ
AK

Because the split 2-8 twelve tricks are cold. You take all reds and both tricks ending in dummy, and when you run the Jack West gets endplayed. But you need the to split this way to have this line work.

But as quickly as Greg claimed down one, he wrote +3 on the score sheet. Why? He trusted the opponents to arrive in a suit slam, and our teammates would Lightner double that for a lead. He was spot on.

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