Here’s another cute deal from Bridge Big. No Cash Game but a deal from a daily Round-the-clock tournament. My performance was less than stellar, so after 20 deals I had collected some 53%. Not enough to win me any money. This deal I was firing on all cylinders, though.
- I didn’t dare to show my void (with 5NT) in a pick up partnership
3 is not very scientific, but it does show extras and will probably lead to the most likely game. My partner grabbed the bull by the horns and suddenly I was at the helm in 6. West leads a and this is what I see:
Easy. I win the in dummy, draw two rounds of trumps (leaving trump Jack in dummy). I cash the other high in dummy, cross to my hand with a ruff and ruff a with the Jack. Again I cross with a ruff, extract the last outstanding trump and rattle off my winners. This is the position and I know it:
On my last trump I know West is in pain with King doubleton in and the Ace. So I take 13.
It was just an inch away from a top. I quickly scan the result whether I recognise my partner or opponents, but the Brit, Norse and Turk have inconspicuous nicknames. To my random Norwegian partner: thank you for putting me in a nice slam and giving me the opportunity to shine.