Son of Priam

Hi all

Here are two slam disasters from the regional pairs in Santa Clara. It happened to be one of those days where we just should have stayed in bed, everything Drew and I tried just crumbled to a smelly pile of untouchable refuse.

South Dealer
All Vul
North
K853
A62
KQJ952
West
A6
T8
862
J98632
East
T42
754
4
KQT754
South
QJ97
KQJ93
AT7
A
West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
pass
2
pass
21
pass
42
pass
43
pass
43
pass
64
pass
… 65
a.p.
 
  1. Shows extras
  2. Shows shortness with support
  3. Cuebid
  4. Suggesting a place to play
  5. I’m not playing a minor in pairs when we have a Major suit fit

Of course West (surely a son of Priam!) led a , rose with trump Ace and gave his partner a ruff. Good for us! We found the single slam out of the four possible that had an Achilles heel. 6, 6 and 6NT are all spectacularly glacial.

South Dealer
EW Vul
North
AQ72
QJT96
AT84
West
QJ86542
872
653
East
AT73
KT865
54
J7
South
K9
J943
AK3
KQ92
West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1NT
pass
2
pass
2
pass
31
pass
42
pass
63
a.p.
 
  1. Shows shortness with support
  2. Cuebid, I still like my hand, even with those poor trumps
  3. Let’s try it again

As you can see I was unsuccessful in piloting 6 to safety. The disgusting split in trumps led to down three. East surely must have felt sorry for us, I’m usually not that forgiving (in pairs) on the 6-level with five trumps to the King-Ten and an outside Ace. Both 6 and 6 are marvelous slams, but it’s far from easy to figure that out when you have established a Major suit fit already.

This weekend we’ll take a shot at qualifying for the GNT’s in Louisville. Let’s hope dark days are behind us.

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