Slams from a Cayne match

April 20, 2009 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

We played on Sunday with Appleton and Reynolds, part of this year’s Bermuda Bowl team. Slam hands were in abundance and on balance we were on the right side of them. The swing decisions were all in Appleton-Reynolds hands, we were merely the defenders….

Board 6
Dlr East
EW Vul

NORTH
Reynolds
sAKJ109
h1A732
d1Q6
cAQ
WEST
s64
h1J108654
d1K82
cK2
EAST
sQ83
h1Q9
d192
c976543
SOUTH
Appleton
s752
h1K
d1AJ10753
cJ108

At our table South had a weak 2D available. He raised 2S to game and several cues ensued, 6S being the final resting place. I guess that put partner off the club lead – he tried the HQ. The spade slam, however, has nothing to gain from the nice club layout, so that was down one.

In the other room Appleton didn’t have 2D available as an option and began with pass, only to hear his partner kick off with 2D himself…

2D…….2H (pass or correct)
2N…….4S (slam try in diamonds)
6D……All Pass

Left to his own devices, this would have failed too, with the key finesses failing, but the opening lead of a club meant declarer had 12 tricks without the spade suit. 14 IMPs to the good guys.

Board 11
Nil Vul
Dealer South

NORTH
Reynolds
s6
h1AK7
d1A986
cAQ753
WEST
s1098
h1QJ1052
d1542
c86
EAST
sK75432
h163
d1107
cKJ2
SOUTH
Appleton
sAQJ
h1984
d1KQJ3
c1094

Against us South began with 1D, an inverted 2D by partner and the auction subsquently ceased in 3NT.

In the other room Appleton began with 1C and an inverted 2C by partner…..6C was the final contract. Yes, we would prefer to be in diamonds, but all in all I don’t find it convincing to be in 3NT on these cards. Still, there is the score card to put in an opinion: 10 IMPs out.

We were nine IMPs up with the last board to go….

Board 28
NS Vul
Dealer West

NORTH
Reynolds
sQ975
h16
d1AK106
cAQ76
WEST
sAKJ32
h11053
d13
cJ953
EAST
s10864
h1QJ42
d17
cK1084
SOUTH
Appleton
s
h1AK987
d1QJ98542
c2

At our table:

Pass……1D…….Pass……1H
1S……….Pass…3S……….6D

We finished before the others. Sort of figured this last board couldn’t be bad….but in the other room my hand opened 1S. Would that be enough to stop our teammates from getting to slam?

Reynolds passed over 1S with the North hand, figuring that there was no good action with it. Still, as it turned out the auction subsequently made things transparently easy for him. His RHO raised to 4S and partner bid 5D. How easy is 6D over that! RHO doubled from pique, or playing to the score? And so we finished up 17 IMPs to the good.

There were some interesting decisions at lower levels. A couple of them tomorrow.

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