Toronto – End of the Road

Hi all

The streak has ended. In a pleasant and swingy match we were 4 imps short of making it to the Final Four. Bitter. But a bit sweet too, Michael and I had a good connection for a first time partnership and the overall experience was satisfactory.

Here’s a bright example of Michael operating delicately (I was sitting North):

North
984
976
A874
AK6
West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
pass
22
pass
43
pass
54
pass
65
a.p.
 
 
 
  1. 4+ , guaranteed unbalanced
  2. Inverted
  3. Splinter
  4. Fast arrival
  5. I’ve got a monster

Even though responding hand is so balanced, I felt alright about my inverted raise. Prime values, almost always a 9 card fit and with those empty Majors other calls were out of the question. Michael’s splinter didn’t hit the soft spot, so to say. Quite the opposite actually, so I fast-arrivaled to the game. Michael raised himself to slam.

West started with the Queen and this is what he saw:

North
984
976
A874
AK6
South
AK62
AQT
KQJ953

Michael cashed both top pitching from his hand, then he ruffed the remaining with trump King. The Queen (unblocking the 8 from dummy) showed that West started with all three of them. Next came both top , and the 5 via the 6 for dummy’s 7. The ruffed with trump Jack and then cross to dummy while drawing the last trump to reach this position:

North
976
4
South
AQT
3

Strip complete and a to the Ten placed West: +920. The other table ended up playing NT scoring 11 tricks.

North Dealer
EW Vul
North
984
976
A874
AK6
West
QT
J84
T62
QJ942
East
J753
K532
T8753
South
AK62
AQT
KQJ953

From left to right: Bill, Michael, me and Drew. Thanks guys!

Leave a Comment

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

!S 
!H 
!D 
!C