Vigor

Hi all

I was playing with Sanne at the Pro-Am night at QT. I know we’re are partnership in all kinds of ways, but bridge honestly isn’t one of them. So I didn’t feel awkward or bad about it. That we royally won the event with almost a 4% margin to number two, well… let’s not get into puny details.

In the last round we had a lively auction:

West
North
East
South
 
 
2
2
2
pass1
3
32
pass
43
a.p.
 

1. A penalty double would have been justified
2. I was completely & utterly oblivious to what was happening
3. Let’s try to recover some of the points we missed out on

North
KJT86
K2
J743
74
South
QT9853
K62
AKJ3

When West started with the Ace the rusty old lock that was my contract gave away the tiniest crunch. I ruffed and played a towards the King, West rising with the Ace. Desperately looking for a ruff he switched to a via the Queen for my Ace. Yes, I feel that lock slowly opening up to me.

Another to dummy and East follows suit with the Jack. On the King I see East pitching a and I follow his lead. Finally the lock yields to my vigor. So East is 1-2-6-4… the rest is easy as pie: to my hand, draw the outstanding trump and endplay East with the fourth . With just left he has to surrender a trick to my King. + 420

East Dealer
– Vul
North
KJT86
K2
J743
74
West
AQ95432
A74
T92
East
7
J6
AQT985
Q865
South
QT9853
K62
AKJ3

With another lead a clairvoyant South can manage to score five tricks in and three in . Setting up the same endplay as I did will bring in trick nine. East has to pay attention though, because any other exit than the Queen will give South ten tricks.

Too bad we missed out on a juicy penalty. South can score eight tricks in a contract: three , one and always four (West will bring them on a silver platter). Quite funny if the opponents have an eight card fit.

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