Laceration

Hi all

This deal is from Quick Tricks in San Francisco. About a year ago our DC party (Remco, Dennis, Martin and me) pillaged the club night. We finished first in both directions. So the stakes were high when Remco announced he was coming to visit us again, and that a night at QT was definitely on his schedule.

We meet our random teammates and sit down against an elderly couple. I’m holding:

South
QJT3
5
AQT
AK875

When I hear Remco open 1 I know we’re in for a ride.

West
North
East
South
 
1
pass
21
pass
2NT2
pass
33
pass
44
pass
44
Double
Redouble5
pass
4NT
pass
56
pass
7
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Natural, or invite+ with
2. 14-17 balanced
3. Slam try with
4. Cue
5. First round control
6. Three key cards

After the 5 response I could count Remco’s hand to be a 5332-distribution with Ace – King, Ace and the King. If Remco is holding three to the Ace then the grand is solid. The odds to that are 2 to 1, so I leapt to the grand.

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
AK964
AT
K84
J63
West
82
KQ943
753
Q92
East
75
J8762
J962
T4
South
QJT3
5
AQT
AK875

Above you can see the single distribution where Remco was unable to pull off thirteen tricks. Even the added bonus of the Queen of dropping doubleton didn’t occur. With tears in my eyes I write down one for a 17 IMP laceration.

The Viking approach would have worked out fine:

West
North
East
South
 
1
pass
1NT1
pass
22
pass
23
pass
24
pass
23
pass
2NT5
pass
33
pass
36
pass
43
pass
4NT7
pass
53
pass
68
pass
69
pass
610
pass
pass11
pass
 
 
 

1. GF relay
2. Maximum (14-15 hcp)
3. Relay
4. Balanced or a side suit in the other Major
5. Balanced
6. 5-2-3-3
7. Two Aces of the same rank
8. Two Kings of the same shape
9. I know you can’t possibly have a Queen, but I still want to ask
10. No Queen
11. Sigh

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