Vanilla

Hi all, 

Some random tidbits:

  • I saw Deadpool in the theatre. Verdict: Awesome!
  • My friend Petra made me a salad with blood orange & asparagus and combined it with salmon & vanilla mayonaise (!). Mind blowing.
  • Kees and I adopted a new system: Terrorist Moscito. Light & possibly canapé Major suit openings, boatloads of symmetric relays and gadgets to my heart’s content.
  • After 2 months in my apartment I can genuinely say it fits me like a glove. Home.

Here’s a nice deal. It was the first board in one of the last matches in the teams season. Viking style.

North
AQ4
A
AQ5
AK9742

Quite a pure 23-count. What a hand to pick up first thing.

West
North
East
South
 
11
pass
12
pass
1NT3
pass
3NT4
pass
43
pass
45
pass
4NT3
pass
56
pass
5NT3
pass
6NT7
pass
78
a.p.
 
  1. 16+ hcp
  2. or balanced
  3. Relay
  4. 8-11 hcp, 5 crd suit and 6 crd suit
  5. 5-6-2-0
  6. No Aces
  7. King & King
  8. That’s all folks!

It takes years of playing a relay system but some day it will pay off. This was one of those days.

It’s so nice to visualise the declarer play during the auction. I knew Kees could set up my suit by ruffing twice and then draw trumps to claim the remainder. This was the full deal: 

North Dealer
– Vul
North
AQ4
A
AQ5
AK9742
West
853
73
87643
J86
East
J6
K854
J92
QT53
South
KT972
QJT962
KT

Kees took some time after West led a , but decided any alternative plan, like setting up the suit, would run into transportation problems as well as significant dangers of running into (over)ruffs.

He ruffed two in his hand, drew trumps and found the friendly split in . Taking all.

Now at the other table the opponents found themselves in some hot water after North opened a multi 2 (intending to show a strong hand with ) and South asking with 2NT (because of a presumed 11/12 crd fit). Nobody knew how or what to bid next, so with awkward jumps things crash landed in 6NT. I guess somebody was very, very happy with that T9 combination.

Cheers!

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