Michael Ware on the 2010 Last Train part 6

May 6, 2010 at 1:33 pm 5 comments

The very next board:

Board 28
Dealer West
NS Vul

NORTH

sA65
h1AQ102
d1AK642
c2

WEST

sQJ82
h1J9743
d1J3
cKQ

EAST

s97
h1865
d18
cA987653

SOUTH

sK1043
h1K
d1Q10975
cJ104

North…..South
1D………1S
2H………3D
3S………4NT
5D………6D
All Pass

This auction started very well. Cathy opened a natural 1D and I responded 1S. Now Cathy reversed with 2H and I bid 3D game forcing. Cathy now showed her 3 card spade support and her singleton club with a 3S bid. My hand was getting bigger by the minute so I went for the simple, but misguided, 4NT. This was keycard for spades so my partner’s response showing 3 wasn’t actually that informative. She almost certainly had to have the KD as well, but that left 2 possible losers – the club and Cathy’s third spade. But she probably had to have more for her reverse than this, and either major suit Queen would be enough. Or indeed a club void.

Partner had the heart Queen so 5 trumps, 2 club ruffs, 3 hearts and 2 spades was an easy 12 tricks.

Surprisingly this slam was worth 11 imps on datum.

A very enjoyable event with a strong field, long matches, reasonable datums and a great partner!

To which CC adds: I hadn’t played the last train before and everything Michael says is true, it really is a good event, excellent warm up for the NOT. It is just a pity that you then have a weekend of Mickey Mouse events on after it, which means two whole days of hanging around waiting for the NOT to begin. Sean: do something about this. Reschedule the Last Train so that it is the weekend, not Thursday and Friday. That would be so much better! The Last Train is a good event even if, like us, you weren’t contending. Whereas those one day Sat-Sun events are rubbish. Thoughts anyone?

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Gill  |  May 7, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I agree with Cathy about the scheduling in Canberra. National events such as the Women’s Pairs at the weekend, which attracted a 3 table field in 2010, should be abandoned. If the Last Train was moved to the weekend, I for one would be more likely to play in it.

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  • 2. khokan  |  May 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Sorry, I can’t read – forget my suggested auction.

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  • 3. khokan  |  May 7, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I’m not sure that 3S necessarily shows the hoped-for the 3415 shape. After all, what would you bid with AQ Axxx AKxxx xx, or similar?

    It might have been better to unambiguously set diamonds with 4D over 2H – after all, 3NT with this hand doesn’t really seem a realistic proposition at teams, even opposite a singleton spade.

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    • 4. cathychua  |  May 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      I agree. There is a mentality that goes with ‘forcing’ to keep the bidding low. But some time somebody has to actually show something. Jumps do that. Perhaps I should have bid 4S, not 3S for the same reason. Not that this works nearly as well. Partner wouldn’t be able to RKCB in diamonds, for a start, if he wanted to.

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      • 5. khokan  |  May 7, 2010 at 4:02 pm

        Maybe the others missed slam because east failed to make a routine 3C interpose over 1D?

        Anyway, NS should probably get to slam, anyway, after 3D by south, 3H by north, 5C by south and 6D by north.

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