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Mountnessing Bridge Club

 

 

Board 13: Missed chances!

 

 

Hand played on 

21st December 2006

Board number 13

Red Section

Dealer

North

Vulnerability

Both

Submitted by

Nigel Cundy

 

 

 

North

943

J9874

AK

  J43

 

 

 

 

West

AJ752

5

98763

72

 

East

T

AQT63

JT2

K986

 

 

 

 

 

North

 

 

 

Bidding: 

 

East

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

 

South

KQ86

K2

Q54

AQT2

 

 

No

x

 

1

2

 x

End

1 

   

 

 

East's 1 opener is just about justified, but thereafter it was the NS bidding that went a bit off the rails!  S's double is understandable, as is West's 1 and North's double, which most people would play as 'competitive'.  South passes the 2 bid, expecting North to double again - only it got passed out, following a partnership misunderstanding.  There was a lost opportunity here!

 

South started with the King of spades, won in Dummy.  A spade was ruffed in hand, then the Ace of hearts, followed by a heart ruff - and then another spade ruff brought Declarer's tally to 5 tricks.  Then in the wash, South found himself end-played and had to concede the King of trumps to Declarer, to give a score of +200 to NS.  North just needs to lead one club through Declarer, and potentially 2-2 could have been 2x-3.

 

At other tables, NS ventured into an optimistic 3NT, which was made twice - three tricks in each minor and one in each major look secure, but I think that careful defence should stop the ninth trick.  One East player was rather less fortunate - struggling in 2 doubled, which went for 1100!