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Board 13: All the best laid plans...
|Hand played on||23rd November 2006|
|Board number||13, Red Section|
|Submitted by||Alaric Cundy|
the event, East had a fairly obvious double, and this was passed round to
North, who wheeled out the partnership's rescue gadget. Redouble shows a
5-card suit, and if East passes, South can either pass to play and put West
under pressure, or make the relay bid of 2♣,
which North takes as 'pass or correct'. East found a finely judged
penalty double and West passed it out. So South found himself as
Declarer in 2♣
The play was fairly uneventful and the defenders took their six obvious tricks - and at this point the vulnerability became crucial. North-South conceded the 'dreaded -200' - which is almost always a bad score at match-pointed pairs. At other tables, North opened 1♣, and then East showed a good hand with hearts, and East / West played the hand in hearts. It is difficult for the Defence to prevent Declarer securing a club ruff in Dummy, so typically there will be 4 losers in a heart contract by East / West. Two adventurous East/West pairs failed in 4♥.Sure enough, -200 was not a good result for NS - about as 'bottom' as they come in fact! Ah, well, next time it'll pay off!