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Mountnessing Bridge Club

 

 

HAVING HIGH CARD POINTS DOES NOT ALWAYS LEAD TO SUCCESS

 

 

Hand played on 

12th May 2007

Board number 48

Sussex Green-Pointed Swiss Pairs

Dealer

North

Vulnerability

EW Vulnerable

Submitted by

John Williams

 

 

North

K42

A8

AQ65

J653

 

 

 

West

AT73

KJ105

84

K87

 

East

965

974

KJ3

T942

 

 

 

 

 

 

North

 

 

 

Bidding: 

 

East

 

 

 

 

 

South

 

 

 

 

 

West

 

South

QJ8

Q632

T972

AQ

 

 

1NT

 

End

 

 

Playing in a one-day 'green pointed pairs' event we were doing quite well and playing two charming ladies in the last round. Our opponent sitting North had on successive hands gone down 3 in 3 for -300, gone down 2 in 3NT for -100 and gone down 3 in 3 for -300. Then came board 48, the penultimate hand...

North opened 1NT and after a short pause South passed. As she put down dummy she commented that she had 'taken a view' on the hand, no doubt partly because of her partnerís failure in the previous three hands and looking forward to a plus score. I led 7 to my partner's ten and declarerís A.  Declarer then played a spade to my partner's A and he returned a diamond ducked to my J.  I continued with the 9 to dummy's Q and partner's K, who then returned another diamond ducked again to my K.  I led my third heart and partner took his two heart tricks before getting off lead with a spade. Declarer now took her two spade tricks and two diamond tricks. Even before she took the losing club finesse to go one down she commented that  'it was certain to be wrong'. South was not at first amused especially when she discovered North was 'maximum' for her bid and even though we all agreed that North had done nothing really wrong. 1NT down one with balanced hands all round and a combined 25 high card point count. The hand caused a lot of humour at the table but we of course got a near bottom as most of the field were in 3NT normally going down 1 or 2 but seldom down 3. I complimented South on her fine judgement. Since my partner and I collected more tricks than the rest of the field in the same denomination (NT), it is us that should feel aggrieved. My partner did at least thank me for the lead but I was left wondering whether had partner dared bare his K and kept his fourth spade it might not have been down 2.

It is on such occasions as this, which really make the game so enjoyable for me.

 

John C Williams May 14th 2007