Toronto – Aftermath

Hi all

I had a blast in Toronto. Pleasant city, nice summer weather that allowed for wearing shorts when staggering home at 2 am and boatloads of bridge. After getting handed the towel in the mini on Thursday, Michael and I played in the A/x pairs. In the afternoon session we made little mistakes and accepted all gifts, so we won our section. In the evening some errors crept in as well as a couple of bad judgment calls and we ended up with 55something% overall. Having pummelled Sadek & Hussein I consider my greatest feat.

Here’s a deal that has been bugging me. I’ve seen several iterations of it, but directors generally refuse to do anything about it, except have supposedly correcting small talk with the offenders.

South
5
AKQJT62
A74
T4
West
North
East
South
 
 
 
1
DBL
2
2
4
4
pass
pass
51
DBL
a.p.
 
 
  1. I just need so little from partner to score 11 tricks, while holding virtually nothing in defence

West pushes a double through the table and leads the Ace. This is what I see:

North
A9
9853
JT962
84
South
5
AKQJT62
A74
T5

West takes the first two and then switches to a . Piece of cake, I win the Ace, ruff a with a top trump, cross to dummy with a small one and pass a top to West effectively placing her. After that I had to explain my claim twice (!) and wrote down -200. It’s a perfect save against a no-brainer 4.

This was the full deal:

South Dealer
NS Vul
North
A9
9853
JT962
84
West
QT62
7
KQ5
AKQ93
East
KJ8743
4
83
J762
South
5
AKQJT62
A74
T5

At the other table South decided his hand was worth a 2 opening, showing a big hand. My teammates interfered with some suction action, but didn’t take out 4 because they were expecting a different type of hand. Fortunately South’s declarer play matched his bidding capabilities, down one and just a loss of 3 imps. Opening 2 on those types of hands, besides making me cringe, really warrants some kind of pre-alert in my opinion.

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