Last night, I drove over to Lake Geneva (a Long-40-Minutes drive from my apartment) and played in the Central States Regional bridge tournament. I played in the Open Side Series game, partnering with Mike J. Although we didn’t earn masterpoints, I still had a great time!
On Wednesday, I played in a bridge game, and the auction went really wonky. Here are the hands all arranged in the order Spades/Hearts/Diamonds/Clubs:
NORTH: Q983 / Q92 / J / A9873
EAST: JT765 / T83 / 98742 / VOID
SOUTH: K / KJ7654 / T / KQJ54
WEST: A42 / A / AKQ653 / T62
The auction proceeded as follows:
|West (Partner)||North||East (Me)||South|
|1NT (1)||Pass||2H (2)||Double (3)|
|4D||4H (5)||Pass (6)||5C|
(1) Our agreement had this as 14-17 points and a BALANCED hand. The latter was not satisfied by this bid. (Maybe partner had a diamond in with the heart?)
(2) Transfer to spades. (Partner, please bid spades.)
(3) I’ve got hearts. Partner, lead them if you can.
(4) Seems to be a very aggressive action.
(5) A “raise” of hearts, since a game contract is higher reward and going down isn’t likely to be a disaster in this auction.
(6) Long pause, because partner’s auction completely befuddled me.
The director was called for both the action at (5), as well as on opening lead, when my partner led out of turn. The final result:their 5Hx was down three.
According to the hand record, 4S and 6D can be made our way, but starting the auction with 1NT created a train wreck on all sides.
Still, looking at both hands, I would not want to be in slam. The only reason it makes is because you have one spade loser (the SQ) when diamonds are trumps.
This is a good example of why you shouldn’t use double-dummy analysis to determine whether you belonged in slam or what contract you belonged in. You can’t “results” it, especially when wild distribution causes the auction to run off the rails.
It works in reverse too… a reasonable auction is doomed to fail. The first hand that I played on Wednesday was the following:
NORTH: KT954 / KQT2 / 5 / QT5
EAST: Q862 / A5 / AQ6 / J987
SOUTH: 73 / J87 / KJT832 / 32
WEST: AJ / 9643 / 974 / AK64
The auction (if I recall it correctly):
|North||East (Me)||South||West (Partner)|
Yeah. 3NT is hopeless. No long suit to set up and all finesses are wrong.
Hey, that’s what makes bridge both fun and infuriating 🙂
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Today was a day of duplicates. I will keep this post short, as it is Mobile Style. The posts on Saturday and Sunday will take this brief Sorry-Excuse form.
The first duplicate: I played bridge in the Gopher Regional tournament, partnering with Eric in the Intermediate-Newcomer session. Despite being a pickup partnership, we had almost no disasters.
And the hands were quite easy as I got to declare quite a few times.
I left the session with 2.67 red points, a new BBO contact, and a Golden Hand trophy!
After that, I ran into the annoyance of duplicate hotel names. There are 2 Embassy Suites in Bloomington, and I went to the wrong one!
Endmatter suspended due to Mobile Style.
Wow, I’ve reached the 20th episode! It’s interesting in that this sequence has gotten more and more spaced out. Well, the format will be the same, and this time, it’s a Spotify shuffle. Here we go! When possible, I will include links to YouTube videos or sound clips from elsewhere.
Last night, I went to Log Jam for Karaoke night. After singing “Fight Fire With Fire,” I hung out for a little while, chatting with some UW-Stout alumni. One of them was from Lake Geneva, which of course made me mention both this last Labor Day weekend as well as the bridge regionals that happen there yearly.
As a result, here’s a #TBT from a few years ago at the Ace of Clubs in Skokie. (Strangely enough, the specifics of this are not captured in any of my journals. I probably have my scorecard from the day somewhere in my archives back in Lincoln, however.)
Enjoy the garbled and the non-garbled versions of this recording, given below respectively: