Toronto – Zero Tolerance

Hi all

We’ve made it to day 2 in the mini-Spingold. After the first 28 boards we were down by 51 imp and prospects were glum. Oops!, let me correct that, down by 48, because our opponents got a 3 imp “Zero Tolerance”-penalty for being rude to my teammates and the director. So we straightened our backs, started swinging a bit and behold, after three quarters of the match we were down by 13.

I’m on lead after this exchange:

West
North
East
South
 
1
pass
2
pass
2
pass
3NT
pass
41
pass
42
pass
42
pass
53
pass
64
a.p
 

1. Slam try
2. Cue (first round controls only)
3. Enough
4. No it’s not

West
K95
9872
AT4
T94

I see that everything is breaking nicely for declarer. My holding looks terrible in front of the bidder, so that’s where I started my defence. I led a , trying to scare declarer into a less successful plan. Here’s the full deal, I’ll show you what happened next.

North Dealer
NS Vul
North
AJ763
KQ64
5
KQ3
West
K95
9872
AT4
T94
East
Q84
JT3
J7632
J7
South
T2
A5
KQ98
A8652

On the lead declarer had two quick losers so he had to play 3 rounds of to pitch his losing . Then when he turned his attention to I won the Ace and topped off the defence with a 4th . When my partner ruffed with the Jack in front of declarer my trump holding got stellar promotion. Victory dance!

On any other lead declarer can come home: win the lead in South, set up a trick, then pitch a on the third , and finally ruff out the using dummies trump honors as entries.

This and some magic by our teammates was enough to pull the match with a 2 imp margin. That “Zero Tolerance”-penalty must have tasted so bitter.

2 thoughts on “Toronto – Zero Tolerance

  1. You’re right KJ, that line works too.
    I considered leading a trump, but because I saw the even breaks and a disgusting holding I tried something different. Gallery play, heh ;-)

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