Cherry, part 3

Hi all

Here are two slam deals that basically decided the match in team Vishnevsky’s favor. Unfortunately I don’t have my teammate’s scientific Viking sequence available that led to an odds on 7. This was the full deal:

East Dealer
EW Vul
North
T7542
J873
875
5
West
KJ963
A2
AK
KQ87
East
A8
T94
QJT6
AJT9
South
Q
KQ65
9432
6432

As you can see the 4-1 trump break and the 5-1 split was too much to overcome. You run into communication problems after two rounds of trumps. West at the other table used some new minor forcing sequence and later brusquely jumped to 6. That was a whopping 29 imp swing.

The levee was about to break. Here’s the other one, a lead problem.

South
J5
T972
K8542
T2
West
North
East
South
 
 
2
pass
2NT1
pass
32
pass
6
a.p.
 
 

1. Asking
2. Good hand & good suit

What red suit? The tiny sequence in made the decision for me at the table. Well, that was another minus 15.

East Dealer
All Vul
North
732
863
AQJT
863
West
KT
AKJ5
63
AKQ95
East
AQ9864
Q4
97
J74
South
J5
T972
K8542
T2

Declarer drew trump and claimed thirteen tricks. At the other table the exact same sequence, but South led a . Post mortem I think I should have found the lead. That would only be wrong if it would set up declarer’s Queen as twelfth trick, with no other way of getting to twelve tricks. My bad.

4 thoughts on “Cherry, part 3

  1. I think that the slam can still be made. Suppose a heart lead. You play two round of trumps, notice the 4-1 break. Unblock diamonds (which works unless diamonds are 6-1) and play a spade to the Ace. The Queen drops so you have 12 tops. Play one more diamond, discarding a heart and ruff a heart. That should make the contract, and get the required swing to win the match.

  2. Here was the bidding (Viking Precision Club):
    All of West’s bids are relays except for 7
    West – East
    —— 1 (11-15, 2+ diamonds)
    1NT — 3 (12-13 bal, no 4cm or 5cm)
    3 — 3 (2=3=4=4 shape)
    3 — 4 (the black aces)
    4 — 4 (no kings)
    7
    Partner must have at least 1 Q to make 12 HCP. The Q and Q are both useful, as are the J and J.

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