Triple 13

Hi all,

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:

South
AKQ832
A8743
8
4
West
North
East
South
 
 
 
11
2
2NT2
pass
43
pass
4NT4
pass
55
pass
56
pass
.. 6
a.p.
 
 
 
  1. Only a shadow of a shadow away from a 1 opener
  2. fit, usually 4-crd suit, high ODR
  3. Splinter, non-minimum
  4. RKC
  5. 0 or 3 keycards
  6. Probe

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:

South Dealer
All Vul
North
JT64
K5
AQ54
A92
West
7
QT2
KJ9
KQJ865
East
95
J96
T7632
T73
South
AKQ832
A8743
8
4

We’re cold for 13. 

I needed one more cycle. One more hard thought about the auction.

  1. 5NT shows three keys without trump Queen
  2. 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.

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