Thursday, May 10, 2012

An interested bystander

I was a relatively passive participant in the deal shown below, which occurred at a recent club Swiss.  My three teammates all performed extremely well to earn 11 imps (and 4 VPs). 

I made the obligatory lead of the A and was pleased to see dummy and partner's 2 (encouraging). I cashed the T and then the 8 and Vincent again played low.  Whoa!  What's going on?  I was pretty sure he'd played up the line (2, 4, 5) so it looked like he wanted a club.  But I thought I should double-check.  It seemed unlikely (!) that he would want a spade shift so now it was simply a question of guessing East's solid minor.  Hmm, let me see.  I made the brilliant deduction that it was diamonds and therefore led the ♣T.  This was covered and Vincent claimed the next five tricks for down four (+400).

There was a little more action at the other table (I may not have the details exactly right).

Our teammates didn't take long to take three tricks so we were +100 at that table for a nice 11 imp gain. Notice that, had our teammates not taken the push over 4, we would have lost 1 imp. And if Vincent hadn't defended very carefully to ensure all of our eight tricks, we would have lost another 2 imps. So, I give full credit to my three teammates – recognizing my own role as pretty much an interested bystander.


  1. Your teammates don't deserve the credit, as E led a D instead of a Spade. I deserve the credit for playing it poorly, as it is now makeable.

    G (also known as N)

    PS. Nate may also deserve some credit, as he didn't
    take out the gambling 3N as W.

  2. Heck, at Table 1, fourth best from longest and strongest can lead to down SEVEN!

    (This is tongue-in-cheek. Kudos to you and partner for a nicely considered defense!)

  3. Kudos from the victim here. (I was the 3N opener whose partner did not take it out.)