Michael Ware on the 2010 Last Train part 4

April 30, 2010 at 2:45 am 2 comments

This hand from match 7 was nowhere near as much fun:

Board 6 (rotated)
Dearler North
NS Vul

NORTH

sQ876
h1J8642
d1872
c9

WEST

s 2
h1Q10975
d1KJ963
c84

EAST

sAK1054
h1 AK3
d15
cAJ107

SOUTH

sJ93
h1
d1AQ104
cKQ6532

West……North……East……South
Arjuana…Cathy…..Ian……..Michael
………….Pass…….1S………2C
Dble…….All Pass

Yes I am vul, have poor trump pips (I do have six though) and I have three cards in the suit they opened, but still. A 5 loser hand, lots of playing strength, and so I overcalled 2C. West (Arjuna de Livera) made a negative double and East (Ian Robinson) passed happily.

The defence started with a spade to the Ace, King of spades, and a spade ruff. Now West switched with a low heart to the King, which I ruffed.

Great. I was in but what now? If I didn’t play a trump then West was going to get another spade ruff so I played King of clubs. East bonked that with the Ace and returned JC. More joy. I won that and tried to endplay someone which sort-of-worked, sort-of-didn’t and was down 3 for -800. Man, that felt horrible. But the datum was a surprising -660 so we only lost 4 imps. 6 other tables played 2C doubled. There was also a 3C and 3D doubled, both for -1400!

Cathy: This happens a lot in practice, though, doesn’t it? It shouldn’t be surprising if you have done something normal. I can recall a NOT many years ago when we were playing a fairly prominent husband-wife partnership. He was vulnerable and doubled at the 3 level and she put down that sort of hand with a dreadful comment about his bidding rather than her dummy. She then stormed off to the toilet and eventually the director sent somebody to look for her. Honestly, it was that bad. Meanwhile declarer went for 1400 and it looked like the most normal number in the world to us. Sure enough, flat board. I often wondered how they sorted out the postmortem on that one after the match. Presumably the husband had a bit of fun, he surely deserved it.

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Michael Ware on the 2010 Last Train part 3 ANOT

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jonathan  |  April 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I don’t mind teammates who expect their -1400 to be duplicated. But I objected to one who said “Oh – we were hoping to gain 1IMP there” Slam just needed Qxx onside, after all.

    This teammate refereed to -500 as “a pony”, -1100 as “sticks and stones” and -1400 was usually “you won’t like this one.”

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    • 2. cathychua  |  April 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      But surely if you’ve been for 1400 it’s the obvious thing to say at the scoreup! ‘+1430 -1400, thanks, teammates, thought that would be an IMP in’. Compulsory!!

      Reply

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