Reno, part 1

Hi all

I found Reno not a particularly interesting city. Sure there are casino’s, but it felt as a ghost town when strolling around. And when I see people frantically pushing buttons on slot machines, I feel wrapped in unease. A bête noire lurking in the shadows.

On the other hand I enjoyed playing bridge there a lot. Scratching the IMP Pairs with Drew Hoskins, winning two sections in side events, and some good bridge in the Vanderbilt as well. So I got home with my first Platinum points, a handful of Gold points and a couple of ACBL Reno mugs. What a bounty!

This deal is from the IMP Pairs. Drew and I easily qualified for the finals on Saturday, and out of the remaining 178 pairs we finished 43rd. Of course we could have ended about 20 places higher if I hadn’t blundered in blasting to slam off Ace – King of (-12 IMP). Hrrmph.

North Dealer
All Vul
North
A8654
AT
K5
T952
West
QJ9
Q97
874
K863
East
KT72
J62
AQT93
J
South
3
K8543
J62
AQ74
West
North
East
South
 
1
21
X
3
a.p.
 
 

1. Of course this is nowhere close to a vulnerable overcall

Drew and I punished declarer for his lighthearted overcall. A to Drew’s Ace followed by a ruff, a to the Ace and another ruff. Ace of , King of and a third ruffed with the King (just in case). Drew put the icing on the cake by playing a fourth round of that I could ruff with my Jack in front of dummy. Down four!

Who needs to bid vulnerable games when you have opponents like this?

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