Jeff Lehman

Was I going with the odds?

I received a filthy matchpoint score on Board 22 of Friday’s club duplicate.  Was the bad result deserved or unlucky?

Partner and I are playing weak (12-14) notrumps.  With the opponents silent, pard opens 1 in third chair, I respond 1, and partner rebids 1NT, showing 15-17.

What is your rebid with AT762  J53  7653  T?  Your agreements are such that you cannot, unfortunately, sign off in 2, although you can sign off in 3.

Focusing heavily on partner’s choice of minor suit opening, I feared the club suit in a notrump contract.  Accordingly, I chose to rebid my five card suit, bidding 2.  That ended the bidding.

The 9 was led by one member of the middling opponents, not among either the best or worst pairs in the room.

 

West
   85
   AQ76
   AKJT
   J97
East
   AT762
   J53
   7653
   T

 

Well, I am thankful I did not pass 1NT as the clubs are wide-open, but then I did not draw well when it comes to trump support.  Maybe 3 would have been a better choice.

Can’t worry about that now.  I am in the normal contract, although from an abnormal side as I expect that at most tables partner’s hand will open 15-17 1NT, my hand will transfer to spades, and the same contract will be played from the opposite side.  I am not too troubled by the siding of the contract, since only a diamond lead from Q-third by North probably gives up a trick.

Speaking of diamonds, that suit was led and was the suit of the opening bid of my partner.  Would you put South on a stiff diamond?

I did, winning the K in dummy but choosing nonetheless to lead a spade from dummy and to duck when seeing North’s J, South following small.  North then played the 2 to his partner’s Q.  South continued the A and I chose to ruff.

Next I played the A, seeing the Q from North and a second small spade from South.

Now what?

I don’t know if there is much to this, but I chose to guess that South was 4=3=1=5 and North 2=3=4=4.  I abandoned trumps and took a heart finesse, the queen losing to North’s K.  North continued a third round of clubs, the king, and I ruffed again as South followed suit.  I next played the J and A, everyone following suit.  I played the thirteener heart next as North discarded a club, I a diamond, and South ruffed with the 9 for the fourth trick of the defense (1 club, 1 heart, 1 high spade, and now a heart ruff).

South now played 4.  Uh-oh, now looks like South was 3=3=2=5 and North 3=3=3=4.  Eventually I lost a diamond and the high outstanding trump for down one -100.

 

Dealer: East, #22
Vul: EW
North
   KQJ
   K98
   Q82
   K832
 
West
   85
   AQ76
   AKJT
   J97
East
   AT762 
   J53
   7653 
   T
  South
   943
   T42
   94
   AQ654
 

The board was played 17 times.  2 was the contract 14 times, two of them by East, the rest by West.  One West played 2 and two Souths declared 3.  The other East who played 2 went down one trick also, as did two of the Wests who played 2.  Every other EW pair, however, beat our -100 meaning that we scored 1.5 out of 16 available matchpoints.

Did I misplay?  Or is the result that other players played for trumps to be 3-3 and thus made their contracts?  I think that had South owned a stiff 9 and K943 of spades, playing for spades to be 3-3 would result in down three and -300, as the defense can draw my spades and then run a bunch more clubs.  I looked at the results, hoping to see that the other declarers who went down one trick were among the better players at the club; but the group of unsuccessful declarers was not distinctive.  So, my excuse of being unlucky is pretty tentative, waiting to see if others have some insight that I missed at the table.


1 Comment

JuozasMay 21st, 2012 at 6:27 am

Maybe defenders of making 2S did not find club switch in time and thus declarer was not threatened.

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