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Lots of pages are still incomplete after the April 2017 site relaunch.

Whether this will be a collection of fun hands, or a list of latest site updates, or something else, it's too early to tell. I'll start it off with a favorite hand from the Last Chance Sectional in Helena, Montana, in August 2017:

Dealer West
Both Vul
AK87
QJ8
QJ92
32
J9542
K52
4
QJ97
N
WE
S
63
T74
K765
K864
QT
A963
AT83
AT5

I was sitting South, and our uncontested auction began 1-1-1. I could just jump to 3NT, but I could imagine a slam if partner were 4-2-6-1 or 4-1-6-2 with the AK and KQ, so I chose to go slow. With this partner, 2 was artificial and game-forcing.

Partner's 3rd bid was 2. Now it looks like the "obvious" 3NT game is in trouble on a club lead: partner is either 4-3-5-1 or 4-3-4-2, and I have only Axx in clubs. This looks like a great time to play 4 in a 4-3 fit.

At the table, partner was 4-3-4-2 and clubs broke 4-4, so 3NT makes 3 on best defence — while 4 makes 5. If partner had been 4-3-5-1, 3NT would likely have been doomed, while 4 offered fast club ruffs.

A par 650 would have been worth an 88% board (losing to one 660 and one 690 on misdefense.) Only three pairs tried playing in hearts, and the other two didn't manage eleven tricks. I got a lucky twelve when West switched to a spade into my Q-T after winning her K.


This page last edited 09.08.17