My 39th is closing in on me rapidly but celebrating isn’t really on my mind. Triple 13, interprime, semiprime and emirpimes (google challenge), who knows what to expect!? I hope I feel like it next year, perhaps round numbers make for a better party.
Spectre, James Bond instalment #23, I have scheduled sometime this week, I’m looking forward to get blown away.
First board of the evening:
- Only a shadow of a shadow away from a 1 opener
- fit, usually 4-crd suit, high ODR
- Splinter, non-minimum
- 0 or 3 keycards
Kees bids 5 in tempo. What? Is he signing off? Of course not!
Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. Tick-Tock. Time trickles by as I mentally thumb through our agreements.
The fog clears away, I remember something. 5NT confirms the presence of three keys but denies the possession of trump Queen. With a slight smile I bid 6. Kees gives the auction a stare and then throws the green.
This was the full deal:
We’re cold for 13.
I needed one more cycle. One more hard thought about the auction.
- 5NT shows three keys without trump Queen
- 6trump shows three with trump Queen
With this hand I could/should have bid 6, showing three keys, trump Queen and second round control in . Kees could have leapt to the grand with confidence, not afraid of some slow loser.