In the Vanderbilt Geoff and I teamed up with Drew Hoskins and Michael Bodell. Because of my massive amount of eligiblity points we didn’t get seeded dead last, instead we entered a convenient four-way. Convenient because just 32 boards might be enough to squeeze out a lucky win. Our first opponent was team O’Rourke with Duboin, Wold and Sementa as hired muscle.
The sponsor played a decent first half and then the Italian mercenaries rotated in. We did the best we could, but the 30-something imp gap was too much to overcome. Memorable was the 6 the Italians bid on:
Another big loss during the first half occurred on the following deal:
Geoff (North) ended up playing a modest 2 contract after West had opened 1. At the other table though, North got to play 4. When the finesse against the combined Queen – Ten worked we lost a bunch. Man, at top level bridge they do know how to combine overbidding with decent declarer play!
In a couple days I will tell you a story about the French ladies in our second match.