Team Match

I haven’t been updating again. Danen has been busy with stuff for the past 2 Fridays, so we chose to play last Thursday morning when both of us were on off/leave. And on Saturday I played the double 8 senior pairs with Mr David Chew. More on those in another post.

Last night we managed to play 2 8-board team matches. The first was Danen-Me, Jychee-JP vs Romulus-Desmond and Peiyi-Samantha. The second had a roughly similar lineup, except Danen was replaced by Andre and Samantha by Kelvin Ong.

The first board saw a 11-IMP swing.

Dealer N
Vul
Scoring Imp
Lead 5
AKQ62
82
85
KQ72
JT
J965
K92
T853
874
Q74
AQJT64
9
953
AKT3
73
AJ64

At my table the bidding went:

West North East South
  1 p 2 
p 3 p 3NT
p p p

2NT was at least 3 card support, 10-12 or 16+, 3S showed a minimum hand and 3NT was to play.

I received a heart lead, to the Q and K. I then cashed 5 spade tricks (they broke 3-2) and 4 clubs, ending in hand leaving only AT3 in hearts. West (Romulus) discarded 2 hearts on my spades, so when I played hearts from the top that was 13 tricks.

Things proceeded differently at the other table:

West North East South
  1 3 4
5 5 p 6
p p p

This went one down for a 11 IMP Swing.

A slam-game swing occured on board 5:

Dealer N
Vul N/S
Scoring Imp
Lead
T93
984
QT532
K5
QJ4
A6
AKJ6
9872
K
KQ532
84
AQJT4
A87652
JT7
97
63

At our table:

West North East South
  p 1 p
1NT p 2 p
3NT p 4 p
4NT p 5 p
6 p p p

1NT was forcing, 2C was 17+ or clubs.

After asking about the auction, I thought for a while about the lead. I finally decided on the Ace of Spades, which turned out to be the only lead to not give an overtrick.

At the other table, Peiyi sitting South decided to interfere with 2S:

West North East South
  p 1 2
X p 3 p
3NT p p p

9 Imps to them.

The next board was a double game swing:

Dealer E
Vul E/W
Scoring Imp
Lead
K7643
A
AKJ865
9
T2
K6532
Q432
43
J95
QJT74
AKQJ6
AQ8
98
T97
T8752
West North East South
    1 p
4 X p 5
p 5 5 p
p p

At my table, the auction was a bit confusing. Perhaps I should have doubled. As it was, the play was consistent with the bidding.

I lead the T of diamonds to the J and ruffed. Ace of clubs followed, then K of clubs, which partner made the mistake of not ruffing. Now declarer discarded his spades and the contract was made.

At the other table, the bidding proceeded similarly until the X. Samantha bid 4S instead of X which was passed out. This made for a double game swing.

So we lost the first 8 boards 30-14, of which 24 came from these 2 boards.

We lost the 2nd 8 19-0, but the only big swing came from board 6:

Dealer E
Vul E/W
Scoring Imp
Lead
QJT
KQ84
AT8
K75
96
9762
9762
JT6
8732
AJT
5
AQ932
AK54
53
KQJ43
84
West North East South
    p 1
p 1 2 p
p 3NT p p
p

3NT+1 at our table.

West North East South
    1 1
p 2NT p 3NT
p 4NT p 5
p 5 p p
p

A wheel or two came off in JP and Jychee’s canape. 5S went down 2 so that was 11 imps out.

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