This was an interesting deal from last Friday. Erik volunteered to help me transition into competitive bridge again, whip me back into shape. I crack my knuckles, stretch my spine and focus on my breathing. Alpha waves are lapping against the shores of my consciousness. I sit down, the viking in me stirs. Sitting in 4th position I pick up:
Interesting. I find out everybody has something to say.
- Invitational+ with
- No riddles for partner, this looks about where I want to be
- The opponents are red, they’re not insane, right? Do I have enough defence? I decide not…
Erik pretty much walked the same mental path whether to riddle 5 with a fistful of bullets: sane because vulnerable. Yeah, right! He kicks off with Ace & King (dropping my Queen) and cashes the Jack, too. Then a switch to the Jack of and immediately I embarrass myself by dropping a trick in the defence. Still down 2, though.
This was the full deal:
Why South decided to bid invitational+ with little values and gigantic distribution is a mystery to me. If he had leapt to 5 instead I would have been in a lot of pain. It’s not unlikely I would have bid 5, for down one. Did you notice 12 tricks in by East, the poorest fit, are icy cold?