Pesta Sukan

A bad weekend. I spent one whole day yesterday (Sunday) playing teams when I was sick, resulting in a poor result.

Friday was Open Pairs. Final result: 49.2%, 15th out of 26 pairs. Not too bad considering the field.

Andre and I were the sitting pair at table 11, so I sat North for the first 9 rounds, and West for the next 4.

Disaster struck on the first board we played, board 21:

Dealer N
Vul N/S
Scoring MP
Lead 5
KJT2
K942
92
JT9872
3
J87
KQ8654
J87
97654
A63
T7
Q42
AQ8
QT5
AJ3
KT96

The disaster was in the auction:

West North East South
  2 p 2
p 2 p 3
p 4 p 4NT
p 5 p 6NT
X p p p

Firstly, I answered the 2D feature ask wrongly – with a minimum I should just rebid 3C. Secondly, we were playing 1430 RKCB, so my answer was wrong again. Andre thought I had 3, so he bid 6NT, which went down 3.

We redeemed ourselves somewhat on the next hand.

Dealer E
Vul E/W
Scoring MP
Lead 7S
7
AT92
KQT95
QJ8
AK3
J87643
4
T94
QJT4
KQ
J86
K753
98652
5
A732
A62

Opponents reached 4H after a contested auction, and I promptly wielded the X. This went down 2 for 500, which is good considering we have 5D our way.

The next few boards were not really interesting. Andre made a mistake on board 24, going down in game when he should have made, but board 26 saw him bring in a 1NT which was supposed to go down.

Board 3 was another bad board:

Dealer S
Vul E/W
Scoring MP
Lead 3S
J8
KT52
753
Q764
QT4
J9
JT62
KJ82
K76
8764
AKQ8
AT
A9532
AQ3
94
953

Opponents reached 3NT after 1NT-3NT. Declarer played the Ten of Clubs towards table after winning the spade lead. I misjudged the situation and held up the Q when a heart return after taking the Q would have set.

The next board was bad as well, Andre making a MP double of 5D which was making with an overtrick. No one else doubled so this was a zero for us.

Our next opponents had the luck of defending against two slams:

Dealer N
Vul N/S
Scoring MP
Lead J
QJ72
JT42
Q6
AK8
954
Q98
9542
JT5
863
K76
JT87
972
AKT
A53
AK3
Q643

The auction went 1NT-4NT-6NT at our table. Other tables mostly played the slam from South.

11 top tricks, how to get the 12th? Either clubs or hearts would have to provide the 12th. Clubs would require a 3-3 break, while hearts….I had no obvious solution. I played for the 3-3 break and was home.

Suggestion from partner was that I could have played a low heart towards hand to rectify the count.

(To be continued)

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