Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Unlucky? Yes!

The new competition season has started 4 weeks ago. At this moment we're not scoring the way we would like to. Most of the time we all play well, but "luck" is not on our side! Many imps are lost because of extremely bad splits (5-0 trump splits for example), or opponents playing 1 with 24HCP while our teammates go -2 in 3NT. The following hand is a perfect example.

Opponents blasted blind to slam as follows (we were silent):
2NT! - 3!
4 - 6

2NT = either weak with both minors, or strong with one Major
3 = to play when opener has the minors
4 = GF with long and solid s

The hands were:
T8
AKTxx
9xxxxx
-

AKQ9xxx
x
-
KQTxx

North can't know they won't lose a single trick in , but still bid slam because he had "2 tricks".

The contract may not be as easy as it looks. A trump lead for example is annoying, but not fatal. Can you construct possible holdings in for EW?

At the table, my partner lead A so declarer made +1. However, even if he leads a trump the contract is still laydown thanks to amazing splits. Look at the full hand:

Dealer:South
Vul:None
Scoring:imps
T8
AKTxx
9xxxxx
-
Jxx
J9xxx
KTx
Ax
x
Qx
AQJx
J9xxxx
AKQ9xxx
x
-
KQTxx

After a trump lead, declarer can ruff a low and later on let the A come down on another low . His T can be discarded on K. This line only makes when one of the EW players has a doubleton with the Ace, and guess what: that's exactly the way the suit split in our hands... What are the chances?

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