Inspired by reading Justin Lall’s blog recently I thought I would follow his example and post some amusing hands of my own from a local duplicate I played in last night.
I was playing with my regular partner, Dan Cardnell. It was bridge mate scored and consequently we were able to monitor our progress as the evening progressed. It was a Mitchell movement and for most of the evening we were sat 2nd EW but going into the last round we got overtaken and moved down into 3rd. Keen to regain 2nd we sat down at our final table against a couple of ladies and on the first of the 2 boards I held:
AKxxx Ax A7xx Ax
RHO opened 1H and I doubled, LHO bid 1NT, partner passed, RHO bid 2C and it came back to me. I had been hoping RHO would pass so I could penalize 1NT but with that option removed I briefly considered 2NT before settling on 2S. Partner bid 3S and I tried to decide whether or not to bid 4. It seemed likely we had no spade losers so that was 8 tricks but I was still unsure what was best. In the end I decided to bid game which passed out, a heart was led and dummy came down with:
Jxxx xxx xx Qxxx
If trumps were 2-2 then I could just ruff 2 diamonds for the contract. If trumps were 3-1 I might be able to sneak a club through to the queen, ruff 2 diamonds and still make it. Consequently I won the ace of hearts and cashed the ace of spades. RHO showed out meaning my hopes for the contract looked somewhere between small and non existent. Never the less I played a club up remembering just after I played the queen that clubs had been bid on my right so this was almost certainly pointless but strangely it held so I had eliminated 1 loser. I then gave up a diamond to set up the ruff which was won by my RHO who then also cashed her heart and then played another heart which I ruffed. I then played a spade towards the jack hoping LHO would duck and I could still ruff 2 diamonds but she (unsurprisingly) won her queen. She then continued a diamond which I won in hand, I then ruffed a diamond on table and cashed the jack of spades. Crossing back to hand with the ace of clubs I drew the last trump on which RHO threw her last diamond promoting my 7 for the contract and the beer!
On the second hand of the round I was 1st in hand at favorable vulnerability and held:
J JT9xx Axx T9xx
I made, probably not the best bid, of 2H showing 5 hearts and a 4+ card minor. There was no opposition bidding and partner bid 2NT as a strong enquiry. I responded 3C – weak with clubs and partner raised to 6. RHO tabled a small spade and dummy came down with:
AKTxx – KQxx AKQJ
I ran the lead to my jack which held and then proceeded to ruff 2 spades high, crossing back each time in trumps, I then crossed back with a diamond, drew the last trump and when diamonds broke 3-3 claimed all 13 tricks. 940 was an outright top for the board and the final results for the evening showed we had won our direction.