I’ll start with a small link dump:
Stanley & Natasja in India here.
René & Nira launching Bridge Big in Louisville here.
I’ve mostly gotten used to people abusing cards. But my grief over all the mutilations, the carnage, the hecatomb and the abhorrences people (including myself) sometimes commit has not diminished, it just got slightly less … visible.
Here are two sad, sad cases:
After my partner made his lead dummy proudly put down these cards:
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I ask my opponents if they are playing Canapé or a strong and myself whether I could have blacked out during the the alerts. Nothing. All natural. Well, it sure is an approach, bidding your second shortest suit first then reversing into your longest suit and never get to mention your . I’ll let my readers figure it out whether it is a sound or winning approach. [The result was down one when my partner proved to have three trump tricks, and I added the King as setting trick.]
This deal is from the 2nd round in the GNT’s. Must have been that large cow that flew by.
After the auction I ask a couple things, 2 was non-forcing, 2 (false) preference, 4 asked for keycards and West showed one. Well, that’s certainly quite a hand, making a non-forcing bid first and then blasting to slam anyway.
Lead a trump?
No, that might endanger partner’s trump holding.
No, for underleading an Ace I’m usually not brave enough in serious matches. And leading the Ace might set up too many pitches for declarer.
Speculative, it’s the unbid suit. It might establish the setting trick. But eventually I decide against it.
I lead my 5th instead.
As you can see, East didn’t really have the combination of cards she promised during the bidding sequence. The contract is reasonably sound after all, but in the end it came down to finding that lovely Queen. [She finessed.]
And this is where I wiped away that swamp of sweat on my forehead. Still a bit trembling for actively considering leading the Queen. Man! It would have resulted in one of the fastest claims ever.
If there’s anybody out there, what were my RHO’s thinking during the bidding?