Back in the US of A. My trip to The Netherlands was great but exhausting. Sleeping in different beds several nights in a row, cram visits to friends, family and old colleagues into small windows of time, oh, and did I mention “De Zaak” had Pauwel Kwak on draught. I fear that I’ve gained some difficult to lose weight.
Here’s a deal from a clubnight in Rotterdam. Rekindling my partnership with René (North) for a couple of hours. He didn’t let me down, for there was enough spectacle.
- Natural 4+ , or 15-19 balanced
- Explained as invitational with trump support
West sure took a timid approach valueing his hand, just 3 with seven trumps and a void? After René heard the explanation of 3 he announced a skip bid that felt well-acquainted. I have a couple of fond memories of René ruthlessly blasting to slam without enquiries. West took a few deep breaths before taking the plunge, he sacrificed in 6. We extracted a +500 penalty from that.
The score sheet was … colourful. Pairs making 7, down in 7, 6 doubled with an overtrick or just making, down in 6, 6 doubled down two and one happy-go-lucky EW pair that got to declare 4 doubled.