Close but no cigar, a small loss to Cayne, again.

November 8, 2008 at 6:58 am Leave a comment

In a loss of 15 IMPs we had our moments of glory.

I really wasn’t sure what to do with this hand:

AJ983
5
A7643
87

Partner opened 1C and after my 1S response, LHO overcalled 2H, passed back to me. Both my and my partner’s doubles are penalties here. I knew partner had at least 5 clubs once he passed 2H, so I tried 3C. When that went a couple down vulnerable with 2H maybe making, maybe not, it didn’t look a great result:

But in the other room, EW did worse with our cards:

NORTH

S K64

H 42

D J952

C Q954

WEST

S 107

H J1098

D KQ

C AJ1063

EAST

S AJ983

H 5

D A7643

C 87

SOUTH

S Q52

H AKQ763

D 108

C K2

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
gelutu starfrut leroumain quantumed
1C Pass 1S 2H
Pass Pass Dble Pass
3C Pass 3D Pass
3NT Dble All Pass

This nice little spec double by North netted +1100 and 14 IMPs. South ducked the first heart, declarer unblocked his diamonds, played 10 of spades, covered and won in dummy. Another diamond, C10 run to the queen and North cashed the top diamond before crossing to South who claimed the rest.

It was all a bit too late by the last board, but nonetheless a slam swing our way:

NORTH

Weedo

S J532

H QJ

D Q9652

C 42

WEST

Hinge

S A9

H 86

D AK87

C QJ765

EAST

Chua

S Q10

H AK53

D J103

C AK83

SOUTH

Cayne

S K8764

H 109742

D 4

C 109

In the other room EW bid 1C 1H, 1N 3N. We began the same way, but over 1NT I knew partner had 5 clubs, so it seemed like slam had to be a bit of a chance. I tried 4C, RKCB, found out partner had two with the queen and signed off in 6C. Partner’s first chance to make the slam was trick one when a spade was led but he misguessed…at worst now he is on the diamond finesse, but there is better. He eliminated hearts while drawing trumps and exited a spade. When North had to win that the diamond finesse had become unnecessary.

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