I have been silent for some days. Study, work and some slacking kept me from posting.
Swinging the axe
A hand from last Dombo clubnight (vulnerable against not).
It’s a regular 28 count. Here’s what happened, you open something strong and your LHO jumps to 4, passed back to you. You put your red card on the table radiating violence, passed to your RHO. Tiny pearls of sweat appear on him. Is he? Is he? Yes, he runs to 4NT, showing both minors. Again more red. LHO doesn’t look happy, but bids 5. A last red card and partner starts with the Queen.
EW have a trump trick, but that’s all. Down ten, I haven’t seen this score before: +2600.
Receiving the axe
Unfortunately I don’t have a diagram or hand anymore. An approximate guess: I held something like eight solid , a void somewhere and at least an Ace and King in the other two suits. I know I started with a strong and the defence interfered a couple of times with destructive rainbow-ish garbage. René and I desperately tried to stay inside the relayframework, but it got disgustingly complicated. Up to 4 René had shown a balanced hand with one Ace. This got doubled (leaddirecting or just penalty, who knows) and I redoubled, thinking/hoping it was a superrelay, then it would ask what Ace he held. Opposite the right Ace slam would be odds on. But now René and I were not on the same wavelength, he passed out 4 redoubled. He thought was my suit and the redouble was for business. Well, I have 3400 reasons my redouble was not for business.