We’re still in. We had a little bit of a slow start yesterday, down by 7 after the first quart, ahead by 18 after the second, lose a few so ahead by 7, but the finish was clean: +59. The Québécois opponents were pretty solid and competent, here’s an example.
1. Asking for a stopper
After the auction above I had a pretty good idea of what was happening. Sitting West I chose to lead my Ace, for the opponents have told me my partner has something complementary. This was the full deal:
Ace and the Ten (suit preference-ish) for partner’s King. Michael switched to a for my Ace and declarer ruffed my Queen. South quickly found out about the bad trump split, but because parity had been reached he didn’t have a lot of trouble visualizing and executing the trump coup (lead from dummy until East surrenders).
Had Michael continued instead of switching, declarer would have ruffed, but now the timing is different. A to the Ace, back to the King and then the bad news. Now if declarer plays a I can rise and play a fourth , Michael can sluff a and declarer is fatally tapped.