October Winds

Hi all

Sunny t-shirt weather has been traded for shorter days, the occasional shower and wind that stings your cheeks. Autumn glumness needs to be dealt with appropriately, I suggest a nice trenchcoat and weekly ingestion of glühwein (mulled wine). Think differently, only October winds can make your scarf dance elegantly. 

This deal is from the Jaap Kokkes teams tournament (I played with Dennis) in Leiden a couple of weeks ago. 

South
643
T8652
AT952

After pass – pass I decide to pick up the glove. Passed partner, my wildly distributional four-count … for sure the opponents have a vulnerable game! At all red it might not be everyone’s choice but I drop my 3 bid on the table. If I had played Viking Precision this would have been a standard 2NT opening (both minors, weak). Unexpected things happen.

West
North
East
South
 
pass
pass
31
42
43
4
pass4
pass
5
5
pass5
5
a.p.
 
 
  1. I tread otherworldly paths occasionally
  2. Old fashioned Leaping Michaels’, showing 5-5 Majors
  3. Lead-directing/fit-showing
  4. I’ve done my work, let the disaster unfold onto my opponents
  5. No more pulse, he’s a goner

Dennis added some fuel to the fire but suddenly aware of the vulnerability I was not to be moved. I was both lazy and wrong.

North Dealer
All Vul
North
T53
9
AQJ73
K876
West
AKJ94
AQT82
K9
J
East
Q8762
KJ75
4
Q43
South
643
T8652
AT952

As you can see 5 was not in trouble. But … neither is 6! To be precise, East had better led a to prevent the overtrick. North’s loser swiftly disappears on the fifth after a restricted choice decision. I don’t know what happened at the other table, but my team mates ended up defending 5 (undoubled!): 15 IMP down the drain.

Closing with something old and something new.

The original one is high-adrenalin, progressive and in your face:

This cover by Torre Florim is delicate, introverted, intense and just as awesome:

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