Orange

Hi all

My bridge has been slow and uneventful, but the Dutch are on fire in The Bermuda Bowl. The ladies ended their streak in the semis against France. And in an extremely tight match (semi-finals) the guys secured a win in the last session by bidding & making two slams missed by the Italians (“Eat Orange Dust!). Only USA 2 is standing between them and the title. For Vugraph schedule and bulletins: http://www.worldbridge.org/tourn/Veldhoven.11/Veldhoven.htm

On the deal below I don’t know what happened. Maybe I got jedi-mind-tricked myself, or a sneeze blocked my train of thought, or a cow flew by, or the magnetic pull of an uninteresting side suit diverted my attention from the important one.

West
North
East
South
1
21
pass
4
a.p.
 
  1. Intrepid
North
AK8
K986532
A5
4
South
Q76532
KT84
QT8

My LHO started with the Ace and a . Unthinkingly I pitched a from dummy (setting up my Queen) and that was the beginning of my downfall. I will not reveal what happens next, but my line of play mostly depended on trumps splitting 2-2.

Had I pitched a instead, this story would have been rosy and filled with chest beating pride. Instead I’m kicking myself for playing before thinking, wallowing in self pity and having fleeting dreams of a Bermuda Bowl far beyond my reach. I know it’s just a learning opportunity, but still …

Life gets so much easier if you discard the other red suit instead. You can ruff a low without too much fear of getting overruffed. Comfortable communication still intact, and virtually a cloudless sky to soar home through. You can count six in your hand, two , the Queen and a ruff in dummy.

East Dealer
All Vul
North
AK8
K986532
A5
4
West
J94
QJ7
J9762
A6
East
T
AT4
Q3
KJ97543
South
Q76532
KT84
QT8

Cheers!

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One thought on “Orange

  1. Seems like you are still OK with w/ a heart pitch.

    Club return and you overruff the 4 with the 8 in dummy. 1 round of trump, A, K, ruff a D, ruff a heart, draw the last trump, and give up a diamond in the end.
    Diamond return you win the A, cash 2 spades, K, ruff a D, ruff a heart, draw trumps.
    Heart return you ruff, cash 2 spades, A, K, ruff a D, ruff a heart, draw trumps.
    Spade return you win with the K, cash the A, then A, K, ruff a D, ruff a heart, draw trumps.

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