Archive for November 1, 2008

What’s a king gotta do?

Spring National Open Teams
Round 7
Board 20
Dealer West
All Vul

NORTH

Brown

S Q2
H K6
D KJ98
C AKQ64

WEST

Chua

S K97
H 1073
D Q74
C J1097

EAST

Hinge

S J106543
H A82
D A10
C 32

SOUTH

Bilski

S A8
H QJ984
D 6532
C 85

After a nebulous Polish 1C opening by North, East bid 2S, South doubled. North bid 3S and South ended the auction with 3NT. This meant single-dummy they’d wrong-sided the contract. Double-dummy, alas, they had done the right thing. Two wrongs make a right? Maybe so. As it happens the spade I put my fingers on as the opening lead was the king and now the contract can no longer be made….except that after declarer won and played the king of hearts off the table partner failed to duck the first round. Hence 3NT made.

It’s an example of what happens when it seems that the critical point of a hand is over. In this case as soon as dummy came down the whole table had a chat about how lucky NS had got because they had accidentally right-sided the contract. And yet there was still a critical point to the hand. How easy to write about it, how hard to keep that in mind at the table.

One heroic act with a king had failed. It’s only a week later and this happened:

VBA
State Pairs qualifying round 2
Board 15
Dealer South
NS Vul

NORTH

S 6
H 97532
D K743
C J103

WEST

S 83
H 1086
D J986
C 9765

EAST

S KJ542
H J4
D Q1052
C K2

SOUTH

S AQ1097
H AKQ
D A
C AQ84

I was on lead to 6H with the East hand. For better or for worse I began with the C2. Declarer ran that to his hand, played ace of spades, ruffed a spade, crossed to a club and played a spade off the board – wow! What a payout for the low club. Except that partner pitched on the spade…..slam now making.

Advertisements

November 1, 2008 at 7:10 am 6 comments


November 2008
M T W T F S S
« Oct   Dec »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Recent Comments

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.