Excuse Me …

… while I kiss the sky.

Here’s a final deal from Purmerend, Kees (South) in action. Phantom Club home brew gives us this:

South
AT
AQ7
AK965
Q63
West
North
East
South
 
pass
pass
11
pass
22
pass
2NT3
pass
34
pass
3
pass
3NT
pass
4
a.p.
 
 
 

1. Takeout of a 1 opening, 15-17 NT, or any stronger hand
2. 4+ , 8+ hcp
3. 15+ NT, GF
4. Repeated transfer, showing 5+

Interesting inference here is that Kees knows I have a poor suit, with 8+ hcp and a good suit I probably would have opened. West starts with a small and this is what he sees:

North
KQ9
T8653
Q7
K82
South
AT
AQ7
AK965
Q63

With his usual eye for detail Kees wins the lead in hand, plops down trump Ace (safety play), crosses to dummy with a and then plays a trump to his Queen (West surrendering the Jack). He exits with his final trump to East who flicks a on the table.

North
K
T8
Q7
K82
South
AK965
Q63

The runs via the 5, West’s Jack to dummy’s Queen. With silky smoothness Kees takes a finesse against East’s presumed Ten and all depart on the train. Taking 12.

North Dealer
EW Vul
North
KQ9
T8653
Q7
K82
West
J87652
J4
J2
JT7
East
43
K92
T843
A954
South
AT
AQ7
AK965
Q63

Immediately burly East yells at his partner (a subdued looking female) for inserting the Jack. If she had played low then there wouldn’t have been a finessing position etc etc … I intervene and tell him in strict words:

  1. not to castigate partner
  2. he would have a hard time finding an expert partner who would recognize the situation and ignore the hardwired “3rd man high” law
  3. if he had wanted to prevent the 2nd uptrick he could/should have cashed the Ace of

I’ve been playing quite a few Cash Games at Bridge Big. It is big, big fun and currently I’m €31.97 in the plus. Supple interface, support for multiple devices, cheat-impossible and extremely addictive. Disclaimer: I do know both founders personally. 

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