Hoek and I practiced our team skills last Tuesday. During summer the field is too random to play just solid matchpoint bridge. You have to kill some palooka’s to score above average, else other people will do and leave you empty handed. There is a dangerous downside playing soft opposition, you don’t get put to the test. And that can lead to a comfortable laziness. Hoek and I were invited to show our skills in a teams match against strong opponents.
Hoek wasn’t afraid when he bid a vulnerable game on the following deal. His reasoning was clean and clear as always, when I have four trumps and bring a significant number of tricks I bid game. So true, but they didn’t bid it at the other table.
1. Landy, showing both Majors
At both tables slam was reached with the following hands:
North produced a masterbid with 4 and slam was reached. I don’t know how they bid slam at the other table, but I really like 4 here. It is a well timed bid that should make your partner smile for the rest of the evening.
The rest of the boards were kinda flat, so there was little room to score. In the end, due to a defensive error and a few scattered imps we lost the match by 10.