Seattle – Honor Society

Hi all

I don’t often put brands, recommendations or advertisements here, but for Tap House in downtown Seattle I make an exception. With 160 beers on draft it was a pleasure to cool off after a day of bridge. The picture below shows their Honor Society selection. I’ve experienced most of them from bottle, but some of them I didn’t even know existed on draft. The Gulden Draak was out of this world!

This deal is from the Open Swiss. I wasn’t full awake yet (no beer cause!). Geoff leads a high-ish after the opponents bid 1NT – 4NT – 6NT.

 
East
KQJ
AT
K652
QJT7
South
AT743
8763
74
95

Declarer wins the in dummy and asks for the King. Sleepily I win my Ace and return a . Subsequently I see declarer hooking the Ten and then squeezing Geoff out of his red suits so the suit comes in for 4 tricks and the contract.

The solution is easy: duck the Ace twice. The count not rectified, declarer is unable to get to more than 11 tricks. I’m glad the opponent in my seat was just as awake as I was.

West Dealer
NS Vul
North
82
K952
J983
863
West
965
QJ4
AQT
AK42
East
KQJ
AT
K652
QJT7
South
AT743
8763
74
95

6 is on ice, though. And in my mind a Baron-esque sequence should get an IMPs player to the safest contract. Here’s what I suggest:

West
North
East
South
1NT
pass
4NT1
pass
5NT2
pass
6
a.p.
  1. Quantitative
  2. Accepting the quantitative raise, requesting to bid four card suits up the line

Cheers!

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