Thievery

Hi all

This deal is from the BBQ Swiss in El Cerrito. We started the first round (7 board match) with a 71 – 0 imp win. That’s a record for me, too bad there’s no carry-over. Later in the day an expensive bidding misunderstanding and a defensive error by me basically cost us the overall victory.

This deal is … spectacular:

South
AJT843
Q72
J973
West
North
East
South
1
pass
4NT
pass
5
pass
5
a.p.

I had a nice, distributional hand, but entering the 5-level at unfavorable vulnerability seemed not … imp positive. The auction ended abruptly in 5. Andrew led the King and dummy puts down:

 
East
KQ
AKT94
J92
T84
South
AJT843
Q72
J973

Really? 4NT? Sure, East has awesome trump support, but that flattish distribution doesn’t guarantee safety above game level, any safety actually. Andrew’s King wins the trick and so does his Ace. Later I get my Queen of trumps and Ace for down two. East glares at her partner and inquires about her partner’s high card points. This was the full deal:

West Dealer
NS Vul
North
9652
87653
AK62
West
7
J8653
AKQT4
Q5
East
KQ
AKT94
J92
T84
South
AJT843
Q72
J973

As you can see we could have extracted a couple more points from this deal. A lead by North and NS can take the first six tricks against any contract. But there’s an even bigger bounty for NS! With the working voids, great fit and the Queen dropping there are twelve tricks for grabs in . I guess East blasting to 4NT had its merits after all, it completely obfuscated exploring our potential. I’m pretty sure this was not a conscious action by my RHO, though.

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