Juxtaposed

Hi all

Last weekend I played the teams sectional in Oakland. Unfortunately we were not as successful as in El Cerrito, as we had to yield to team Meltzer. In the match-up (2nd round) we beat them by a fair margin, but overall we were not able to keep pace with them.

In the first round my LHO put a pass on the table, said “Oh crap, I wanted to open” three seconds later, and the director ruled a mechanical error without penalty. Right! I’m sorry, but I have very little sympathy for such a ruling. If you’re not paying enough attention to this beautiful game why should you go free? Stop wasting my time.

This deal is funny. I was playing a partscore, my opponent was in game. But where I effortlessly managed eleven tricks, my opponent ended up one trick short. Pat myself on back big time (for play, not for cowardly bidding).

North
AJ4
T8
AT8
QT865

South
K5
QJ9764
QJ5
A9

West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
pass
1NT1
pass
2
pass
3
a.p.
 

1. Forcing

The lead was a small that ran to my Queen. I played a small to the Ten in dummy and it won the trick. A back was for LHO’s King and she persisted in for my Jack. I exited in again for LHO and now she put the Ten of on the table.

I took that one for real, so I didn’t try the Jack but took it with my King. I crossed to the Ace of (everybody following suit), and asked for the Queen of . She got covered by the King for my Ace. Two rounds of trumps later I had reached this position:

North
AJ
T

South
5
4
9

On the last trump I pitched the Ten from dummy, witnessing RHO discarding another . Innocently I played my remaining to dummy’s Ace and down came the Queen. I wiped some dust from my shoulder and asked for the next deal.

South Dealer
– Vul
North
AJ4
T8
AT8
QT865
West
T963
AK3
K763
32
East
Q872
52
942
KJ74
South
K5
QJ9764
QJ5
A9

My opponent probably saw some ghosts at the other table (on a lead) and crumbled.

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