Toronto – Wild Waters

Hi all

The Great Eight it is! Yesterday we beat a southern flavored team, thick accent, very chatty & a tad flaky. They had three kickback blunders, but were fortunate enough to stumble into making contracts. Their conservative approach served them well with a couple of significant pickups by staying in part scores when game values where present.

The match started with a pass-out in deal one. Immediately after that I get to test the waters, wild waters:

South
KQJ76
2
AKT7432
West
North
East
South
 
3NT1
4
62
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Gambling
2. Shooting the moon

It was a bit of a stab to jump to 6, I agree. I don’t remember what I was thinking at the time, but I envisioned loads and loads of tricks. Ruffing a with my tiny 2, my good suit that is so easy to set up with no direct entry. Carelessness at its prime. Anyway, this was the full deal:

North Dealer
EW Vul
North
T4
963
AKQT754
8
West
A83
T8
J96
QJ965
East
952
AKQJ7542
83
South
KQJ76
2
AKT7432

At my table West decided to start the defence with the Ace. After a pause she shrugged and led a for me to ruff. Plain sailing from here, cross to the Ten (thank you, thank you, thank you!), draw trumps, and back to the Ace to discard every non-trump on my black winners.

Funny that at the other table the auction was the same, with one small exception: Bill (West) doubled. When he led the Queen his partner ruffed, back to the Ace and another . When South decided to ruff high that promoted the Jack to CEO for a super-sized pickup.

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