I've been using an automatic posting service, hollotxt.com, to update several feeds at once. Alas, it doesn't seem so automatic now, and I wasn't checking to make sure everything went though. As a result I have some catching up to do.
We beat Parimatch on Saturday and went on to defeat Fredin in the round of 16 on Sunday. In the quarter-final on Monday we faced, not just our nemesis, but everyone's, the Nickell team. Doug and I lost to them in the semi-finals of the Bermuda Bowl in Monte Carlo in 2003 and several times since.
Doug and I started poorly and never picked up steam. In the first set I missed what should have been an easy double of a vulnerable 4S with QJT9 of trump after partner had bid. The result was a push, but I hate to let seven IMPs get away like that. We had a few more that were out and out mistakes rather than errors in judgement. We ended up losing the match by 67.
Nickell made it to the finals where they lost to a Diamond team that included three of my teammates from the 1995 team trials. It's a small world!
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Board 24 Dlr West None Vul ♠ AKJ72♥ J7 ♦ AK ♣ QT97 ♠ QT8 ♠ 63 ♥ 9864 ♥ T3 ♦ 872 ♦ T9643 ♣ 853 ♣ K642 ♠ 954 ♥ AKQ52 ♦ QJ5 ♣ AJWest North East South Pass 1♠ Pass 3♥ Pass 3♠ Pass 4♠ Pass 4NT Pass 5♥ Pass 5NT Pass 6♥ all Pass
Doug and I had an unusual auction on this deal from round six. 3♥ was natural and strong, old-fashioned. 3♠ was non-committal, leaving partner room to describe his hand. 4♠ was natural and denied shortness. 5♥ showed two key cards without the spade queen. I was looking for seven, even after I found we were off the queen of trump. 5N ostensibly promised all the key cards and asked for specific kings. After I learned we were off the club king I took stock again. Doug had to hold pretty much what he did hold, perhaps without one of the minor suit jacks. I saw that 6♠ might go down on a bad trump break, so I passed. Doug was surprised, but not so surprised that he didn't take all 13 tricks with the aid of the club hook.
I also considered 6N. 6♥ seemed a little more secure in that we could set up the 5th spade on some layouts, but it did risk a 5-1 trump break.
At the other table our opponents unaccountably stopped short of slam with their 35 HCP, so we picked up 11 IMPs.