Alpha

Hi all

This was an interesting deal from last Friday. Erik volunteered to help me transition into competitive bridge again, whip me back into shape. I crack my knuckles, stretch my spine and focus on my breathing. Alpha waves are lapping against the shores of my consciousness. I sit down, the viking in me stirs. Sitting in 4th position I pick up:

West
98652
AKQ842
Q3

Interesting. I find out everybody has something to say.

West
North
East
South
 
1
1
21
.. 42
pass
pass
5
.. pass3
a.p.
 
 
  1. Invitational+ with
  2. No riddles for partner, this looks about where I want to be
  3. The opponents are red, they’re not insane, right? Do I have enough defence? I decide not…

Erik pretty much walked the same mental path whether to riddle 5 with a fistful of bullets: sane because vulnerable. Yeah, right! He kicks off with Ace & King (dropping my Queen) and cashes the Jack, too. Then a switch to the Jack of and immediately I embarrass myself by dropping a trick in the defence. Still down 2, though.

This was the full deal:

North Dealer
All Vul
North
AKJ4
T5
942
K832
West
98652
AKQ842
Q3
East
QT73
J7
AKJ76
J4
South
963
T85
AQT9765

Why South decided to bid invitational+ with little values and gigantic distribution is a mystery to me. If he had leapt to 5 instead I would have been in a lot of pain. It’s not unlikely I would have bid 5, for down one. Did you notice 12 tricks in by East, the poorest fit, are icy cold?

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