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Goldway Challenge '97

These 27 deals were played in a special match on OKbridge called the "Goldway Challenge" in August, 1997. World champions Bobby Goldman and Paul Soloway were North-South, and my son Rich and I were East-West. The deals were selected by moderator Tony Reuss from those played on OKbridge that week. Scoring was by IMPs.

I have added comments about the bidding and play, as well as other interesting sidelights. Hopefully, this will provide instructive reading for anyone wishing to improve his or her bridge game. The match was exciting with lots of action — some would say too much.

NorthSouthWestEast
Bobby GoldmanPaul SolowayRich PavlicekRichard Pavlicek

BoardContract/resultScoreIMPsNSEWParIMPsNSEW
16 H North +1+1010+3.243.240+1520-11011
24 C East +1-150-1.323.241.32-130-1012
34 H North =+420+0.804.041.32+450-1013
44 S North -1-100-3.454.044.77+140-6019
55 S North =+650-0.644.045.41+650Tie019
62 S North +3+200-2.464.047.87+450-6025
73 NT South =+600+7.7011.747.87+600Tie025
82 S South =+110+1.5813.327.87+100Tie025
93 C East +1-130-3.5513.3211.42-130Tie025
106 H West =-980-9.6213.3221.04-450-11036
112 NT South -4-200-4.6313.3225.67+140-8044
125 C× North -3-800-11.7813.3237.45+130-14058
134 C South -1-100-7.3113.3244.76+110-5063
143 NT East =-400-3.5313.3248.29-400Tie063
154 H South +1+450+2.5415.8648.29+420+1163
164 H East +2-680-8.1815.8656.47-500-5168
172 S North -2-100+3.7919.6556.47-430+8968
185 D× South -2-300+0.1619.8156.47-300Tie968
196 D East -1+100+11.5131.3256.47-660+132268
204 S North =+420+7.7039.0256.47+420Tie2268
215 D East =-400-4.1139.0260.58-400Tie2268
224 H× West -3+800+6.7545.7760.58+650+42668
232 S South +1+140+1.2146.9860.58+400-62674
243 C West =-110-3.6446.9864.22-110Tie2674
253 NT West -1+50+8.7255.7064.22-420+103674
263 D South -2-200-2.3255.7066.54+100-73681
272 S West +1-140-0.8255.7067.36-140Tie3681

To DateMatchesWonLostTiedBoardsWonLostTied+IMPs–IMPsIMPs/bd
OKB IMPs110027151206756+0.41
Par IMPs110027125108136+1.67

27 avgFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North34451991910632813377741030830841822844405942781196630700615600596
South300348110012303303967041137830841822844408542671237644696615600600
West293367100411332933597561070833830826837398141851041570556652652641
East38954497811522963417331137833841833841399641781063574563652652641
Deal13261778400045781200143329674374166316851656168981078463232624192515253325042478

F=Freakness  G=Generic  P=HCP  R=Rev points  C=Controls  Q=Quick halftricks  L=Losing tricks  Y=Playing halftricks
lf=Longest fit lm=Longest fit make bf=Best fit bm=Best fit make H=Highest make (31=1C, 45=3N, 49=4S, 65=7N)
O=On-lead highest make  B=Best scoring make  M=Notrump make sm=S make hm=H make dm=D make cm=C make


Rich
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Bobby
North
1 NT
4 H
5 H
Richard
East
2 D
4 S
Pass
Paul
South
4 D
4 NT
6 H
Board 1
None Vul
S A Q
H J 9 6
D Q 4 2
C A Q 10 8 5
Trick
1 E
Lead
D 9
2nd
A
3rd
5
4th
2
W L
1 0
S J 9 4
H 8 7 5 4
D 10 8 5
C J 6 2
TableS K 10 8 7 6 3
H
D K J 9 7 6 3
C 4
S 5 2
H A K Q 10 3 2
D A
C K 9 7 3
NS +3.24  NS 3.24 EW 06 H North +1+1010 Par +1520EW +11NS 0EW 11

LeadddSKSTS8S3DKDJD7D3C4D9
Make1313131313131313131313
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North2115164671291391365653513513413
South6616196741891391365653513413412
West04220012297973444407070
East11247122251697973442407070
Deal19354049121528481820182099109392623262225

My 2 D was Astro (spades + another suit) and 4 D was Texas (transfer to hearts). I tried again with 4 S (can't pass with 6-6) and South used Roman key-card Blackwood. Despite finding his side had all the key cards, Paul could not bid the grand slam with confidence — he knew the distribution would be wild from the bidding and was probably concerned about H J-x-x-x on his left.

Bobby claimed 13 tricks as soon as the dummy came down. Alas, there was little field protection so we lost IMPs even to the small slam.


Rich
West

1 NT
3 C
4 C
Bobby
North

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Richard
East
1 H
2 C
3 S
Paul
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S J 8 7 6
H K Q 9 2
D Q J 10 6
C Q
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 S
4 W
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 E
Lead
D 9
H 3
D 8
D 3
C A
S 10
D 4
C 3
2nd
2
A
K
J
2
3
Q
K
3rd
6
8
10
C 8
4
A
C J
5
4th
A
2
H 4
5
Q
7
H 7
S 6
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
6 2
S A 2
H 8
D K 7 4 3 2
C 10 7 6 5 4
TableS K 10
H J 10 6 5 4 3
D A
C A J 8 3
S Q 9 5 4 3
H A 7
D 9 8 5
C K 9 2
EW +1.32  NS 3.24 EW 1.324 C East +1-150 Par -130EW +1NS 0EW 12

LeadddSQS9S5HAH7D5CKC9C2D92345678
Make101111111111111210101111111111111111
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North3911111271197973439457542
South21910338997973439457542
West6871033712910910465113858810
East66131755615910910465113858810
Deal1724404812132847181718178090172624262424

Rich's 1 NT was forcing and 3 C was a mild invitation — with a better hand he would bid 2 S as an artificial club raise. Nonetheless, I liked my hand since Rich was likely to have a stiff heart, which would mean great playing potential. I tried 3 S, essentially showing a stopper, though I had no intentions of playing in 3 NT. Rich took a conservative view with the wasted D K and no trump honor, so we played 4 C.

Eleven tricks were pretty routine, as dummy's long diamond eventually established and South could make only one trump trick. Curiously, an original trump lead would have held me to 10 tricks — as soon as I play a heart, South can win and clear trumps. Perhaps Paul would have found this lead against 5 C, so maybe it was fortunate we didn't get too pushy.


Rich
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Bobby
North

1 NT
3 C
3 H
4 H
Richard
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Paul
South
1 S
2 NT
3 D
3 NT
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 6
H Q 10 7 6 5
D A J 8 7 5 4
C 10
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 S
4 S
5 S
Lead
C K
D K
H K
D Q
H 3
2nd
A
2
2
10
C 7
3rd
8
4
5
5
7
4th
10
3
4
6
9
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
S K 10 9
H 2
D 10 9 2
C 8 7 6 5 4 3
TableS J 7 4 3
H A J 9 4
D 6 3
C K Q 9
S A Q 8 5 2
H K 8 3
D K Q
C A J 2
NS +0.80  NS 4.04 EW 1.324 H North =+420 Par +450EW +1NS 0EW 13

LeadddSJS7S4HAHJH9H4D6D3C9CK2345
Make11111111111212111111111111101010
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North8147112261481181153572310911115
South2119196861481181153572310811115
West5735119897973136134217
East1011123481097973136134217
Deal1622404712152946171817188493242625262424

The Goldman-Soloway system was great here; 2 NT was a game force, and 3 C showed diamonds (like a transfer). This allowed Bobby to bid 3 H and then 4 H to complete his 5-6 pattern and reach the perfect spot. I really thought we were going to beat this, looking at three likely trump tricks, but that's all we had coming.

When Rich showed out on the second trump Bobby claimed 10 tricks.


Rich
West
Pass
2 D
Pass
Bobby
North
1 S
Pass
4 S
Richard
East
Dbl
Pass
All Pass
Paul
South
Rdbl
2 S
Board 4
Both Vul
S A K J 9 8 7
H K Q 9
D 10 5
C 9 5
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 W
4 E
Lead
C A
D 6
H 2
D 4
2nd
3
3
K
A
3rd
8
Q
A
2
4th
9
5
3
10
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
S 5 4
H 7 6 2
D K Q 9 2
C J 8 7 2
TableS 6
H A J 5 4
D 8 7 6 4
C A K 10 6
S Q 10 3 2
H 10 8 3
D A J 3
C Q 4 3
EW +3.45  NS 4.04 EW 4.774 S North -1-100 Par +140EW +6NS 0EW 19

LeadddS6HAHJH5D8D4CTC6CA234
Make9999999999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North4513154661410910944441679544
South0499229710810840441288544
West10671297898942421154899
East39121456713898942421154899
Deal818404512163141181818188686272525262626

Paul's redouble was a bit tainted — no doubt for tactical reasons to quell our competition — and it didn't work as he hoped. Bobby's 4 S bid seems pretty clear-cut, yet the final contract was virtually hopeless.

Bobby wisely settled for down one, going up with the D A at Trick 4, since he knew I would not be giving him an opportunity to make an impossible contract.


TopMain

Rich
West

5 H
Bobby
North
1 S
5 S
Richard
East
3 H
All Pass
Paul
South
4 S
Board 5
N-S Vul
S A 10 9 8 6 3 2
H K 7 6
D A 3
C 8
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 W
4 S
Lead
H 8
C K
H J
S K
2nd
10
8
7
J
3rd
A
9
2
2
4th
6
3
S 4
7
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
S J
H A J 5
D 8 4 2
C A K J 7 5 2
TableS Q 7
H Q 9 8 4 3 2
D J 7 6
C 9 4
S K 5 4
H 10
D K Q 10 9 5
C Q 10 6 3
EW +0.64  NS 4.04 EW 5.415 S North =+650 Par +650TieNS 0EW 19

LeadddSQS7HQH4DJD7C9C4H8234
Make11121211111212111111111111
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North710111455614101110115460249116116
South421012236121011101154602410116117
West5714155671497973333311716
East4556009897973333311716
Deal2024404712142848191819188793272124262425

Preempts at favorable vulnerability are sometimes abominable, as my 3 H bid here. But, that's bridge. Against a lesser pair this might have done some good, but Paul stretched slightly to bid game and Bobby judged to bid 5 S when Rich sacrificed in 5 H. Actually, we were dancing for -800 as North can get a club ruff against 5 H by shedding a club on the third diamond.

In the defense, I was wondering why Rich didn't try to cash a second club since no other trick seemed possible, though I guess he figured I would have led a singleton club if I had one. Very true.


Rich
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Bobby
North

1 S
2 D
Richard
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Paul
South
Pass
2 C
2 S
Board 6
E-W Vul
S A K J 10 4
H 9 7 3
D A 9 6
C 7 5
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 N
8 E
9 S
10 S
11 N
Lead
S 2
D 6
D 5
D 9
S 7
S K
H 3
C 8
C A
C 6
H 7
2nd
6
3
7
J
5
D Q
K
Q
2
J
J
3rd
Q
K
A
S 9
10
H 2
5
4
7
S 4
Q
4th
A
2
8
10
3
8
4
5
3
9
A
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S Q 8 5
H A 6 4
D 10 7 2
C J 10 4 2
TableS 3 2
H K J
D Q J 8 4 3
C K 9 8 3
S 9 7 6
H Q 10 8 5 2
D K 5
C A Q 6
EW +2.46  NS 4.04 EW 7.872 S North +3+200 Par +450EW +6NS 0EW 25

LeadddHKHJDQD8D4CKC9C3S2234567891011
Make1010111111111111111111111111111111111111
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North211213568118118115355239101177
South21111234798118115355239101177
West04772210686862727022266
East3310112271286862727022266
Deal79404312143238161716178082232224262626

Paul's 2 C was reverse Drury and 2 D showed a normal opening bid. South's values suggested being conservative so Paul bid a nonforcing 2 S and Bobby had no reason to continue, especially nonvulnerable when the odds are less attractive for close games. This time everything was friendly, and my trump lead made it even easier.

There was little to the play; just ruff the diamond, draw trumps, and play hearts. Fortunately for us, some pairs got to game so we won IMPs. Switch the E-W hands, however, and we'd have lost IMPs since 4 S would fail.


Rich
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Bobby
North

1 S
2 NT
Richard
East

Pass
Pass
Paul
South
Pass
1 NT
3 NT
Board 7
Both Vul
S A K 9 6 5 2
H A 10 4
D J 6
C A Q
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 E
4 S
5 E
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 E
Lead
C 3
S 2
D Q
D 2
H 8
S A
S K
H 4
D 9
2nd
A
Q
K
3
6
8
J
K
7
3rd
9
7
10
J
Q
C 5
D 4
J
C 4
4th
6
3
6
A
A
10
4
5
S 5
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
5 3
5 4
S 10 4 3
H Q 9 5
D 10 3
C J 8 4 3 2
TableS Q J 8
H K 8 7 3 2
D A Q 9 5
C 9
S 7
H J 6
D K 8 7 4 2
C K 10 7 6 5
NS +7.70  NS 11.74 EW 7.873 NT South =+600 Par +600TieNS 0EW 25

LeadddSTS4HQH9H5DTD3CJC8C323456789
Make910109999910101099999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North45182079615710710465017997910
South687922712710710465017997910
West21340010586862828033633
East4212143461386862828033633
Deal1616404712152945151615167478172424262426

Goldman-Soloway brought out their system gadget again (see Board 3) where 2 NT is forcing. This time, however, South opted to sign off in 3 NT — which I think denies two spades in their method so North was not concerned about repeating his spades. 3 NT is far from a claimer, but surely the best game contract.

Paul was destined to succeed with spades 3-3, but he didn't know it. Note his careful diamond return at Trick 4 to pursue an extra chance as well as break up our communication in case the spades did not break. Holding him to nine tricks was the best we could do.

The IMP loss here suggests that quite a few pairs failed in game, no doubt in 4 S. After the likely C 9 or S Q lead, a reasonable play is to unblock the C A-Q before clearing trumps (hoping for the D A onside), but it's curtains when East ruffs.


Rich
West
Pass
2 H
All Pass
Tony
North
Pass
Dbl
Richard
East
1 H
Pass
Paul
South
Pass
2 S
Board 8
None Vul
S A K 5 4
H 5
D J 9 5 4
C 10 9 6 3
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 S
4 S
5 N
6 N
7 E
8 N
9 W
10 W
11 W
Lead
H 4
H Q
H J
H 8
S A
C 3
S 10
C 6
S Q
D A
D 8
2nd
5
6
9
C 7
8
A
3
4
5
9
J
3rd
K
D 4
D 5
S 4
2
8
J
J
D 6
10
K
4th
A
3
2
7
9
5
K
K
6
2
3
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
5 1
6 1
6 2
6 3
6 4
6 5
S Q J 9
H 9 6 4
D A 8 7
C K 7 5 2
TableS 10 8
H K 10 7 3 2
D K 10 6
C A Q 4
S 7 6 3 2
H A Q J 8
D Q 3 2
C J 8
NS +1.58  NS 13.32 EW 7.872 S South =+110 Par +100TieNS 0EW 25

LeadddSQS9H9H6DAD8CKC7C5C2H4234567..1011
Make88888888888888777778
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North398103481088883939968576
South1010102381088883939968576
West041010339887873538575767
East2112144571187873538575767
Deal614404412153239161516157477142626242626

Bobby had a momentary connection problem, so Tony Reuss took his place as North for one deal. The passed-hand shape double allowed N-S to compete. I'm sure Paul had thoughts of passing the double for penalty, but he wisely bid 2 S — on a good day he might get a piece of 3 H, but we were having none of that with our flat distributions.

Not a great exhibit here. The first trick was routine — our leads show count (low from odd, 3rd best from even) and Rich could easily have Q-x-x so I could not know to withhold the H K. At Trick 10 and 11 Rich erred in leading diamonds, establishing South's D Q while he still had a trump left. (If Rich leads a club at either trick, declarer must fail.) Also, it is curious that declarer can succeed legitimately by leading clubs (say, at Trick 4 instead of the H 8). I suspect Rich and Paul both lost concentration as a result of the connection problem Bobby was having.


TopMain

Rich
West

2 NT
Bobby
North

Pass
Richard
East
1 NT
3 C
Paul
South
Dbl
All Pass
Board 9
Both Vul
S Q 10 8 6 5 3
H K 9 8
D J 6 5
C 3
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 S
4 E
5 W
Lead
D K
D A
H Q
H 3
C 10
2nd
3
4
10
4
3
3rd
5
6
9
C 8
A
4th
8
Q
A
8
J
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
S K 4
H 10
D 9 7 4 3
C Q 10 9 8 6 4
TableS A J 7
H A 7 5 3
D Q 8
C A 7 5 2
S 9 2
H Q J 6 4 2
D A K 10 2
C K J
EW +3.55  NS 13.32 EW 11.423 C East +1-130 Par -130TieNS 0EW 25

LeadddS9S2HQH6H4H2DTD2CKCJDK2345
Make10101010101010111111111010101010
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North5768118988883843847873
South3314154561488883843847873
West66581171010101010464613564610
East1015156681210101010464613564610
Deal1516404612132945181818188489211826242626

Bobby reconnected and returned to the North seat, and we all thanked Tony for filling in. Paul doubled my 1 NT opening, then 2 NT by Rich was a transfer (showing clubs). I was a little surprised to buy this so cheap; I would have competed to 4 C, but I guess it wouldn't matter because that makes easily. Paul's double seems strange to me (as does Bobby's silence after the double) so maybe I missed an alert.

An easy 10 tricks; nothing to the play. Winning IMPs here seems generous, but I suppose there were diehards in notrump (a heart lead kills) and a few might have pushed bid 5 C.


Rich
West

1 H
5 D
Bobby
North

2 NT
Pass
Richard
East

4 H
6 H
Paul
South
Pass
5 C
All Pass
Board 10
None Vul
S J
H 9 8
D A K 8 6 4
C J 10 6 5 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 W
4 W
5 E
Lead
D K
H A
H K
C 3
D Q
2nd
2
8
9
2
3
3rd
5
2
3
H 4
S 2
4th
H 5
J
C 4
8
A
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
S K 6 5 2
H A K Q 10 7 5
D
C K 7 3
TableS A 7 4
H 6 4 3 2
D Q J 10 9 7 2
C
S Q 10 9 8 3
H J
D 5 3
C A Q 9 8 4
EW +9.62  NS 13.32 EW 21.046 H West =-980 Par -450EW +11NS 0EW 36

LeadddSJH9D8D6D4CJC6C2DK2345
Make1111111313131111111212121212
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North689113471310910941411045249
South689112361210910941411045249
West71115185641810111011535323981184
East7117102271210111011535323981184
Deal2638405012152455202020209494332626262426

Fast and furious! Bobby's 2 NT was unusual (minors) and it looked right to raise to 4 H with my hand. Paul competed to 5 C and Rich made a slam try by cue-bidding 5 D. On the bidding this was almost surely a void, but my spot cards rated to come into play — if North held the D A-K he would surely lead an honor, and if South held one of the honors it would ruff out quickly. So I bid the slam.

It is apparent that 6 H would fail after any lead but a diamond, but it's hard to fault Bobby for the lead. I would surely do the same, as I imagine would any expert. Too bad. We got lucky. It was routine for Rich to ruff the lead, draw trumps, and establish the rest of the diamonds with a loser-on-loser play — which is what I had pictured from the bidding.


Rich
West

Pass
All Pass
Bobby
North
1 S
2 D
Richard
East
Pass
Pass
Paul
South
1 NT
2 NT
Board 11
None Vul
S K J 9 7 4
H 7
D A K J 7
C 10 4 3
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 S
4 N
5 E
6 S
7 E
8 E
9 E
10 W
11 W
Lead
H Q
S Q
S 5
S J
C Q
D 5
H K
S 10
H 2
H 6
H 8
2nd
7
8
6
A
A
8
3
H 5
10
C 4
C 10
3rd
4
4
K
D 2
5
J
9
D 10
J
D 3
D 4
4th
A
3
2
D 6
3
Q
S 7
9
D 7
D 9
C 6
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
4 2
4 3
4 4
4 5
4 6
4 7
S 8 6
H Q J 9 8 6
D 10 8 6
C K 5 2
TableS A 10 3 2
H K 4 2
D Q 4 3
C Q J 8
S Q 5
H A 10 5 3
D 9 5 2
C A 9 7 6
EW +4.63  NS 13.32 EW 25.672 NT South -4-200 Par +140EW +8NS 0EW 44

LeadddS8S6H9H6DTD8D6CKC5C2HQ2345678..11
Make78877777777766666444
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North42121445713797944441679588
South1010104499797944441679588
West2167119887873338354744
East041212338987873338364744
Deal77404312133339151615167782192526242424

Paul's 1 NT was forcing and 2 NT invited game (usually 11-12 HCP but South upgraded his hand with Q-x in spades). Bobby wisely passed — 2 NT was already too high with the foul layout.

My club shift at Trick 5 (instead of running hearts) was safe since I had everything under control and Rich had to have a high club honor (else South would have 13 HCP). Perhaps declarer should now cash out for down two, but there was still a chance and he tried the diamond finesse. Curtains. We had all the rest.


Rich
West

Pass
Dbl
Paul
North

5 C
All Pass
Richard
East
4 H
Pass
Bobby
South
Dbl
Pass
Board 12
N-S Vul
S J 9 5
H 7
D Q 9 4
C K 8 6 5 4 2
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 W
4 W
5 W
6 E
7 N
Lead
D 3
C 3
D K
H A
D 5
H K
C K
2nd
A
A
Q
7
4
8
H 5
3rd
2
2
H 2
4
C J
9
7
4th
9
10
6
3
7
C 4
9
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
2 4
3 4
S 8 7 2
H A Q 9
D K 10 5 2
C A Q 9
TableS 10 4 3
H K J 10 6 5 4 2
D 3
C J 10
S A K Q 6
H 8 3
D A J 8 7 6
C 7 3
EW +11.78  NS 13.32 EW 37.455 C× North -3-800 Par +130EW +14NS 0EW 58

LeadddSTS4HKHJH6H2CJD3234567
Make899889998888888
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North57681189810810474714584108
South33141656615810810474716594108
West0415155771010810840431284834
East710571081110810840431284834
Deal1524404612142945181818188790282625242624

My opening 4 H bid may look crazy, but similar to Board 33-5 it was based on the vulnerability. There is no perfect defense to preempts, as is evidenced here. South had a tough problem: Should he go quietly and perhaps miss a vulnerable game? Or should be risk a double and hope for the best? Bobby chose the latter. The double in their methods is "takeout oriented" so Bobby had high hopes for spades. Oops. This time Paul bid clubs, and Rich knew what to do next. This is the kind of mild disaster all experts occasionally suffer; you won't be a winner by bidding too safe.

I was delighted to have a singleton to lead, and Paul wisely won the ace (if he ducks we get another trick). Rich grabbed the first trump lead and cashed the D K. Just in case I had no more trumps (my C 10 was a scary card) Rich cashed the H A (he knew this would cash since my H 2 discard showed count) and then gave me my ruff. Rich still had to get another trump trick.


TopMain

Rich
West
1 H
Pass
Pass
Paul
North
Pass
3 C
4 C
Richard
East
1 S
3 S
All Pass
Bobby
South
2 C
Pass
Board 13
Both Vul
S 2
H A K 9 7
D 8 5 4 3 2
C 10 9 4
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 W
10 N
11 S
Lead
S A
D Q
H 8
D 3
S 7
C 9
S J
D 4
H J
H 7
C K
2nd
2
2
3
7
D J
5
H 5
10
A
S 6
6
3rd
3
A
10
K
C 4
A
C 10
C 8
2
C 2
D 5
4th
5
9
K
6
10
3
4
C J
4
6
S 8
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
5 3
6 3
7 3
8 3
S A
H Q J 10 6 5
D Q J 6
C Q J 6 3
TableS Q 10 9 8 6 4 3
H 8 2
D A 10 7
C 5
S K J 7 5
H 4 3
D K 9
C A K 8 7 2
EW +7.31  NS 13.32 EW 44.764 C South -1-100 Par +110EW +5NS 0EW 63

LeadddHQH6DQD6CQC6C3SA234567891011
Make99999109999999999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North427934810898941411076779
South33141656613898941411076779
West4213152261486862934056654
East710692271187873434467654
Deal1817404912142748161616167575142525262426

Another competitive auction. At matchpoints I think Bobby would double 3 S which goes down two (maybe three), but the risk is too great at IMPs. Paul's push to 4 C was aggressive, though he was unlucky to catch his partner with K-J-x-x in spades.

Bobby did the best he could. The contract was doomed with the 4-1 trump break, and he timed the play well to go down only one. A trump return by me at Trick 3 might be a better defense, but it would not help (he would win and lead a low spade). It seems declarer can cope with any defense to win 9 tricks.


Rich
West

1 H
2 C
3 H
Paul
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Richard
East
1 D
1 S
3 D
3 NT
Bobby
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 14
N-S Vul
S A 7 2
H 10 8 6 4 3
D J 4
C 8 5 3
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 S
4 S
5 W
Lead
S 3
S 7
C K
C J
H K
2nd
6
10
2
A
3
3rd
A
J
5
8
D 6
4th
4
9
9
Q
A
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
1 4
S 9 6
H K Q J 9 5
D 3
C A 10 7 6 2
TableS K 10 8 4
H
D A K Q 10 8 6
C Q 9 4
S Q J 5 3
H A 7 2
D 9 7 5 2
C K J
EW +3.53  NS 13.32 EW 48.293 NT East =-400 Par -400TieNS 0EW 63

LeadddSQS5HAH7H2D9D7D5D2CKCJS32345
Make9991110101010101011119911109
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North21552210685852424035522
South1011113381085852424035522
West681013346148107115252199881110
East7111417454178118115252199881111
Deal1620404612142847161616167676192426262625

In our methods 2 C was "fourth suit forcing" promising at least game invitational values, then my jump to 3 D created a game force. Rich had an awkward third bid. Rather than bid 4 C to show his 5-5 pattern he used excellent judgment to rebid his strong heart suit (as if it were six cards) which got us to the best contract.

I could have won 11 tricks after South's generous C K shift, but I did not know the D J was falling (nor the C J). Therefore, it was routine to duck the club to allow extra chances. Note the play to Trick 4, which created an extra entry to dummy and allowed me to succeed against any distribution by driving out the H A. All this was wasted of course as the cards lie.


Rich
West

3 D
All Pass
Paul
North

4 D
Richard
East
2 D
Pass
Bobby
South
Dbl
4 H
Board 15
E-W Vul
S K Q 10 5
H A 10 9 6
D J 4
C Q 8 3
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 E
4 N
5 N
Lead
D 3
H 8
S 7
H A
H 9
2nd
4
2
2
4
7
3rd
K
6
3
3
J
4th
A
K
10
5
S 4
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
S J 9 6 4 3
H 5 2
D Q 8 3
C K 9 7
TableS 7
H K 7 4
D K 10 9 7 6 2
C J 10 6
S A 8 2
H Q J 8 3
D A 5
C A 5 4 2
NS +2.54  NS 15.86 EW 48.294 H South +1+450 Par +420NS +1NS 1EW 63

LeadddSJS9S6S4H5H2DQD8CKC9C7D32345
Make1011111111111110101111111010111111
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North101212347108108104853207910510
South101516667128108104853207910510
West2167119798983737744282
East57792281198983737744282
Deal98404412133140171817188590272226242624

The weak 2 D bid is less popular these days with all the gadgets like "multi", though it's still a favorite in my camp. I considered passing at the vulnerability, but the D 10-9 influenced me to bid. Bobby doubled for takeout, Rich raised, and Paul cue-bid to force Bobby to pick a major suit. Despite the unfavorable vulnerability, we were still in bounds at 3 D as it can be set only one trick and they have an easy game.

I played too quickly here at Trick 1. The D K seemed safe to cater to the slim chance that Rich had underled the ace, but it created a problem later I should have foreseen. When I won the H K, my best hope to defeat the contract was to find Rich with the S A, so I made that switch. Fortunately, this only cost an overtrick — if South had held K-x-x-(x) in clubs it might have cost the contract. In retrospect Rich would have no reason to underlead the D A, so I should play the D 9; then I could cash the D K before leading my spade.

Bobby just drew trumps and claimed 11 tricks after asking who held the C K.


Rich
West

2 C
Paul
North

3 S
Richard
East

4 H
Bobby
South
1 S
All Pass
Board 16
Both Vul
S K 8 7 4
H 10 7 4 2
D J 4 3
C 9 6
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 W
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 E
8 E
Lead
D A
D 8
H 3
H K
H Q
H J
C Q
C 5
2nd
7
K
2
6
S 6
S 5
3
4
3rd
3
4
A
8
S 2
S 3
2
A
4th
5
2
5
4
7
10
6
9
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
S 3 2
H 8 3
D K Q 10 7
C A K 10 8 2
TableS 10 9
H A K Q J 9
D 9 6 5 2
C Q 5
S A Q J 6 5
H 6 5
D A 8
C J 7 4 3
EW +8.18  NS 15.86 EW 56.474 H East +2-680 Par -500EW +5NS 1EW 68

LeadddSASQS6H6D8CJC7C4DA2345678
Make1010101011121111111012121212121212
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North10451110698983939938231
South3312144571398983939938231
West3312144661381081048562075101010
East3312133471381081048562075101010
Deal109404612163045171817188795292026242622

Paul's jump raise to 3 S was weak — a popular treatment in competition. The effect was actually beneficial to us, as I was endplayed into bidding 4 H (what else?). Perhaps we would have gotten there on our own, but the auction made it easier.

The contract was unbeatable, and I actually made two overtricks when Bobby elected to lead the D A and continue. At IMPs, of course, the value of overtricks is low, and he could see that a spade shift at Trick 2 would not beat the contract.


TopMain

Rich
West
Pass
Pass
Paul
North
2 S
Richard
East
Pass
Bobby
South
Pass
Board 17
None Vul
S A Q 9 8 4 2
H 5 4 3 2
D 8
C J 6
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 S
4 N
5 W
6 E
7 E
8 W
9 N
10 W
Lead
C A
D 4
D 3
H 2
C Q
H A
H 9
D K
S 9
S 3
2nd
2
A
J
6
J
8
Q
S 4
5
8
3rd
8
9
S 2
10
K
7
K
7
C 4
K
4th
6
8
2
J
3
3
5
5
10
C 5
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
2 3
2 4
2 5
3 5
3 6
3 7
S J 10 6 3
H K J 7
D K J 9 6
C Q 8
TableS K 7 5
H A 9 6
D 10 7 4 2
C A K 9
S
H Q 10 8
D A Q 5 3
C 10 7 5 4 3 2
NS +3.79  NS 19.65 EW 56.472 S North -2-100 Par -430NS +8NS 9EW 68

LeadddSKS7S5HAH9H6DTD7D4D2C9CA234567..10
Make56665555555555555666
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North66792371184652436035434
South7118112361284652433035434
West101111229108108105050221086105
East041414678108108105050221086106
Deal1421404512153043161414157486222626202619

We were cold for 3 NT, but with Rich a passed hand it seemed unwise to act with my hand over Paul's weak two-bid — in fact, even if Rich had not passed, any action is dubious. So Paul was left undisturbed in his not-so-glamorous contract. Rich certainly couldn't bid.

Paul played cleverly, refusing the diamond finesse. When Rich led the C Q at Trick 5, I overtook (Rich would not know to lead a heart because North might have the H A) since I wanted to cash all our tricks to avoid being endplayed later. When Rich won the H K perhaps he should lead a spade (Paul might finesse the queen as his best chance), but he exited with the D K. Paul then ducked a spade to Rich, finessed the spade return to me and could win the rest no matter what we did.


Rich
West

Dbl
Paul
North
Pass
5 D
Richard
East
Pass
Dbl
Bobby
South
3 D
All Pass
Board 18
E-W Vul
S 8 7 2
H 9 6 5
D K 10 5
C A 9 3 2
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 S
5 N
6 E
Lead
S K
S 3
D A
D 3
H 5
H 3
2nd
2
7
4
Q
K
10
3rd
Q
J
5
K
7
A
4th
10
D 2
J
S 4
2
6
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
3 3
S A K 5 3
H A 8 2
D Q 4
C K 10 6 4
TableS Q J 9 6 4
H K J 4 3
D J
C Q 8 5
S 10
H Q 10 7
D A 9 8 7 6 3 2
C J 7
NS +0.16  NS 19.81 EW 56.475 D× South -2-300 Par -300TieNS 9EW 68

LeadddS5S3HAH8H2DQD4CKCTC6C4SK23456
Make999999999999999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North04773310610910942421163494
South710792271110910942421163494
West10161667713910910494921510949
East42101111711910910494921510949
Deal1216404312133141191919199191322226262626

Now it was their turn for preemptive tactics, and the auction was stuffed in my face at 5 D. I felt we were being talked out of a major-suit contract, but the only sensible thing I could do was to double. Just as well. We would certainly fail in 5 S, and even 4 S is in danger. It looks like an easy 10 tricks, but it comes down to an ending in clubs; leading a club to the king (playing North for A-J-x-x on an endplay) is a better chance than finessing South for the C J.

There wasn't much to the play — just normal technique in the heart suit to establish a trick. Note that Bobby would not alter his plan after I went up with the H K on the first heart lead. A weaker player might be fooled into thinking I held A-K and put up the queen.


Rich
West

1 S
3 D
4 NT
5 S
Paul
North

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Richard
East
1 D
2 NT
4 C
5 C
6 D
Bobby
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 19
Both Vul
S 7 5 3 2
H A J 10 8
D 2
C J 9 5 4
Trick
1 S
Lead
H 6
2nd
3
3rd
A
4th
2
W L
0 1
S A K 10 8 4
H Q 5 3
D J 10 8
C 8 6
TableS J
H K 7 2
D K Q 9 4 3
C A K Q 2
S Q 9 6
H 9 6 4
D A 7 6 5
C 10 7 3
NS +11.51  NS 31.32 EW 56.476 D East -1+100 Par -660NS +13NS 22EW 68

LeadddSQS9S6H9H4DAD7CTC7C3H6
Make111111111111111111111111
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North3968229974741818022423
South04662210574741818022423
West21101134810811811555525111091110
East4218195741781181152552210109119
Deal916404412153141151515157373252524262625

A beautiful auction by us! If only we had the cards to back it up. Over 1 S, I might have bid only 2 C; but it seemed sensible to show the nature of my hand (and if Rich insisted on spades, my jack might be just as useful as two small). When Rich next bid 3 D (natural GF) my hand improved a lot so I cue-bid 4 C. Rich's 4 NT was natural in our methods, and I cue-bid again on the way to 5 D. This seemed safe since my hand was limited and I could hardly have a more suitable hand for 6 D. I think Rich overstepped his values with 5 S, but let's just call it unlucky.. the ace of trumps was offside.

Paul thought briefly about finessing the H 10 (the right play against most contracts) but made no mistake in winning the ace. Note that if he lets me win the H K, I can succeed — run the S J, and then play clubs to reach dummy. Not against these guys.


Rich
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
Paul
North

1 S
3 S
4 S
Richard
East

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Bobby
South
1 H
2 C
4 C
Board 20
None Vul
S A K 8 7 6 4 3
H 2
D A Q 6 2
C K
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 S
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 N
10 W
11 N
Lead
D 5
D Q
C K
C Q
H K
D 2
H 3
S A
S 8
S J
D 6
2nd
10
3
3
6
5
9
8
C 4
C 8
K
J
3rd
K
7
A
H 2
S 3
S 9
S 6
C 5
H 4
H J
C 10
4th
A
4
2
9
6
8
9
2
10
C 7
H 10
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
8 1
9 1
9 2
S Q J 10 5 2
H 10 8 5
D K 8 4
C 6 2
TableS
H A J 9 6
D J 9 5 3
C J 9 8 4 3
S 9
H K Q 7 4 3
D 10 7
C A Q 10 7 5
NS +7.70  NS 39.02 EW 56.474 S North =+420 Par +420TieNS 22EW 68

LeadddHAHJH9H6DJD9D3CJC9C4D52345678..11
Make1010111111101010101010101010101010101010
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North817161866418810810494921910999
South68111435515810810494921910999
West2167119874742020043444
East6127102281174742020043444
Deal2238404912142652151415146969212626262626

Bobby and Paul bid well to stop in 4 S on this misfit deal, on which many pairs got overboard. It is easy for an inexperienced player to get carried away with the North hand — Blackwood lovers take note. The horrendous spade break makes even 5 S too high.

After my normal diamond lead — the old "unbid suit caper" — Paul had no problem coping with the 5-0 trump break. A variety of lines of play would succeed, but his was probably the best. Rich was helpless to make more than two trump tricks in the ending because of the key spot cards (8-7-6) held by North. Well done.


TopMain

Rich
West
Pass
1 H
3 D
5 D
Paul
North
Pass
1 S
Pass
All Pass
Richard
East
1 D
2 C
3 S
Bobby
South
Dbl
2 S
Pass
Board 21
N-S Vul
S J 9 7 6 2
H 10 8 7 6 3
D 10 3
C 2
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 W
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 W
9 W
10 E
11 E
Lead
S K
S Q
D 9
D K
H A
S 10
H K
H Q
H 9
C A
C 9
2nd
8
D 2
10
Q
2
4
6
8
10
4
K
3rd
2
7
A
8
4
D J
C 6
C 8
D 7
5
7
4th
3
5
4
3
3
6
5
J
C 3
2
S 9
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S 8
H K Q 9 4
D J 9 8 6 2
C Q 7 5
TableS 10 5 3
H A
D A K 7 5
C A 10 9 8 6
S A K Q 4
H J 5 2
D Q 4
C K J 4 3
EW +4.11  NS 39.02 EW 60.585 D East =-400 Par -400TieNS 22EW 68

LeadddS4HJH5H2DQD4CKCJC4SK23456789..11
Make1111111111111113111111111111111111111111
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North6814009897973434447623
South1016164571397973434447623
West42810127109119115252198671110
East421518786149119115252198671110
Deal1512404812152945181818188686232426262626

Planning to reverse with my hand is an overbid after the expected 1 H response, so I bid diamonds first, then clubs. This worked out well. When Rich competed to 3 D, I felt my hand was worth a game try so I cue-bid 3 S (ambiguous in meaning) and Rich bravely jumped to game.

There wasn't too much to the play as long as trumps split. South's takeout double tipped off how to play clubs. Also note that ruffing dummy's fourth heart gave me an extra chance. If North held K-x of clubs, he would be endplayed when he won it and have to give me a ruff and discard. The only time I would fail is if South doubled 1 D with two small clubs.


Rich
West

3 S
4 H
Paul
North
Pass
Dbl
Dbl
Richard
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Bobby
South
1 S
Pass
Board 22
Both Vul
S A 5 4
H 10 9 8 7 4
D K 2
C Q 8 4
Trick
1 N
2 N
3 S
4 S
5 W
6 W
7 S
Lead
S A
S 5
S Q
C 7
H A
D 10
C 5
2nd
3
8
D 5
A
4
K
3
3rd
7
K
4
8
5
3
Q
4th
2
9
10
2
S 6
A
10
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
2 4
2 5
S 9 2
H A K Q J 3 2
D 10 5
C A K 3
TableS 10 8 3
H 6 5
D J 9 8 6 3
C J 10 2
S K Q J 7 6
H
D A Q 7 4
C 9 7 6 5
NS +6.75  NS 45.77 EW 60.584 H× West -3+800 Par +650NS +4NS 26EW 68

LeadddS5HTH4DKD2CQC8C4SA234567
Make7778778887777777
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North219103388811811545424711688
South612121535515811811545424711688
West4517196851687873333352754
East21230011587873333352754
Deal1419404712162944161816188787272426262624

Oops. Rich was off on his own little venture here. His 3 S systemically showed a strong one-suited hand (often to reach 3 NT with a running minor suit) but holding the other major suit it's supposed to be based on shortness in the bid major. Hence his normal action is to double and follow with a heart bid (3 H seems right). This indiscretion walked right into Paul's parlor with a lucrative double.

The defense was flawless as usual. Note Bobby's careful club plays at tricks 4 and 7 to prevent Paul from becoming endplayed. Justice was served.


Rich
West

Dbl
Pass
Paul
North

Rdbl
2 S
Richard
East
Pass
2 D
All Pass
Bobby
South
1 S
Pass
Board 23
None Vul
S Q 5 4
H J 8
D K J 7
C K J 8 6 2
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 E
4 W
5 W
6 W
7 S
Lead
C 3
S K
H 10
H A
D A
H 5
S 7
2nd
2
6
2
J
7
C 6
10
3rd
Q
4
Q
6
8
4
Q
4th
A
A
8
K
5
7
2
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
2 4
3 4
S 10 6
H A Q 5 3
D A Q 4 3
C 7 4 3
TableS A 3 2
H 10 6 4
D 10 8 6 2
C Q 9 5
S K J 9 8 7
H K 9 7 2
D 9 5
C A 10
NS +1.21  NS 46.98 EW 60.582 S South +1+140 Par +400EW +6NS 26EW 74

LeadddSTS6HAHQH5H3DADQD4C7C3234567
Make9991010101099999999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North2111112289898945451799878
South33111344712898945451799878
West1012134671086862727044564
East04662210586862727044564
Deal68404312143236161516157272172626262624

Goldman-Soloway stopped safely in 2 S — clearly the best contract. No doubt Paul loves to redouble (compare Board 33-4) but this time he had it.

Not much to the play. A heart shift was pretty obvious when I won the S A, and Rich just cashed his aces before the rats got at them. This defense would have felt a lot better against 4 S.


Rich
West
Pass
3 C
Paul
North
2 H
Pass
Richard
East
Pass
Pass
Bobby
South
Pass
Pass
Board 24
E-W Vul
S 10 4
H A 9 8 7 6 3
D Q 8 7
C K 7
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 N
4 E
5 W
6 S
7 S
8 N
Lead
S 10
C 5
D Q
C 9
C Q
H K
H 4
D 8
2nd
3
K
A
2
H 9
Q
J
2
3rd
2
3
4
J
S 6
3
A
5
4th
A
6
6
7
A
5
2
10
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
3 3
3 4
4 4
S A 5
H Q J
D K 10 6 3
C Q J 10 8 5
TableS K 9 8 6 3
H 10 5 2
D A J 2
C 9 3
S Q J 7 2
H K 4
D 9 5 4
C A 6 4 2
EW +3.64  NS 46.98 EW 64.223 C West =-110 Par -110TieNS 26EW 74

LeadddS4HAH9H3DQD8CKC7ST2345678
Make99999999999999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North459113371087873333366744
South101011338987873333366744
West33131433713797941421077689
East21893399797941421077689
Deal109404512123141151615167475132626262426

Rich was clever here, passing an unattractive 13 points. When Paul's weak two-bid was passed around, Rich then balanced with 3 C, the perfect spot. Curiously, if Rich opened the bidding, it would be almost impossible to reach 3 C — if we competed against 2 H it would likely be 2 S which must fail.

Paul found the best lead with the S 10 and perhaps should continue when he won the C K; but he opted to attack dummy's diamond entry. This simplified the play, but Rich could always succeed on his own if he guessed the D Q.


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Rich
West

1 NT
2 D
Pass
Paul
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Richard
East
Pass
2 C
3 D
3 NT
Bobby
South
Pass
Pass
Dbl
All Pass
Board 25
None Vul
S 8 6 5 4
H J 9 7
D A J
C Q 10 5 2
Trick
1 N
2 N
Lead
D A
D J
2nd
6
3
3rd
9
Q
4th
5
7
W L
0 1
0 2
S A K Q
H K 10 5
D 10 7 5
C K J 9 7
TableS J 10 7 3
H A Q 3 2
D 8 6 3
C A 8
S 9 2
H 8 6 4
D K Q 9 4 2
C 6 4 3
NS +8.72  NS 55.70 EW 64.223 NT West -1+50 Par -420NS +10NS 36EW 74

LeadddS8S6HJH9H7DJCQCTC5C2DA2
Make81010101010101111111188
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North1089229875752227032354
South2156129775752227032354
West041616567127107104954218101078
East101112458107107104954218101078
Deal45404312153337141514157181212224262424

Disaster! We were fixed by our system here; 2 C was puppet Stayman, and 2 D was forced unless Rich had a 5 card major. My 3 D showed exactly 4-4 in the majors, which allowed Bobby to double for a diamond lead. Perhaps Rich should bid his strong 3 card spade suit, but he passed it around. We didn't have any specific agreements in this territory, and neither of my majors seemed meaty enough to bid (having already shown 4-4) so I retreated to 3 NT. Not pretty.

Of course, we lost the first 5 tricks. Well, there's some good news and some bad news. The good news is that almost everyone else was in the same contract. The bad news is they all made it! North would never lead a diamond in a million years, without the double.


Rich
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
Paul
North

Dbl
3 C
Richard
East
2 H
Pass
Pass
Bobby
South
Pass
2 NT
3 D
Board 26
N-S Vul
S A K Q 9
H J 10 5
D Q 7 4
C K 4 2
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 W
5 E
6 E
Lead
H K
S 6
D J
S 3
H A
H Q
2nd
5
9
A
A
2
8
3rd
9
10
4
D 3
S 4
S 5
4th
7
J
5
2
10
J
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
S 8 7 6 5 4 3
H K
D A 2
C A J 10 3
TableS 10
H A Q 9 6 4 3
D 9 5 3
C 9 7 6
S J 2
H 8 7 2
D K J 10 8 6
C Q 8 5
EW +2.32  NS 55.70 EW 66.543 D South -2-200 Par +100EW +7NS 36EW 81

LeadddS8DAD2CACJC3HK23456
Make7789788777777
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North0415154571287873545575475
South21771198878745451796475
West66121355714797943431546958
East57682389797943431546957
Deal1318404312143143151615168888322423262425

When my weak two-bid was passed around, Paul balanced with a double. Bobby's 2 NT was Lebensohl — a relay to 3 C — then 3 D suggested a weak hand. (With a better hand Bobby would bid 3 D immediately over the double.) It's good for us they know their system, since 3 NT by South amazingly can't be beaten.

We play suit preference on the opening lead if third hand has shown 5+ cards, so my H 9 asked Rich to shift to a spade. After that there was nothing Bobby could do.


Tony
West

2 S
Paul
North

Pass
Richard
East

Pass
Bobby
South
1 NT
Pass
Board 27
E-W Vul
S J 8 3
H J 6 4 2
D J 8 6
C 9 6 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 S
4 W
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 N
Lead
H 2
D 7
S K
S 2
D Q
C 5
S 10
D J
2nd
10
6
A
8
5
4
J
2
3rd
Q
K
3
Q
C 3
K
H 9
9
4th
K
A
5
9
8
2
H 7
S 4
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
5 2
6 2
S A 10 7 6 4 2
H A K
D 7
C K Q 7 3
TableS Q 5
H 10 9 8 5
D K Q 10 4 3 2
C 5
S K 9
H Q 7 3
D A 9 5
C A J 10 8 4
EW +0.82  NS 55.70 EW 67.362 S West +1-140 Par -140TieNS 36EW 81

LeadddSJS8S3HJH6H4DJD8D6C9C6C2H223456.. 8
Make88889999999999999999
StatsFGPRCQLYlflmbfbmHOBMsmhmdmcm
North04330012286863031064536
South2114155571187873131164537
West66161968417887942471178896
East667912712898944471679896
Deal1417404612153042161616167578172625262425

Rich apparently got disconnected or lost in cyberspace, so I got to partner Tony on this last deal. Bobby upgraded his 14 points (or liked the vulnerability) to open 1 NT, and Tony opted to simply bid his spade suit. I would bid 2 D Astro (spades + another suit) with the West hand, and strangely might end right there when East senses the misfit and passes. Either contract makes easily.

We had too many tickets for the defense to do anything; in fact, it takes an opening trump lead to stop declarer from winning 9 tricks. Bobby's shift to the S K may look generous, but it seems necessary to lead trumps to stop a club ruff or two, and it did not cost. Only a low spade shift would give declarer 10 tricks.


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