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Golden West Swiss Pairs


from Fiske Warren

This year's event saw the lead change hands several times before a hugely popular win was secured by Doreen Jones who was partnering Rez Karim. I just hope I am still alive at Doreen's age, let alone playing as well as she does. In round 5 they sent me crashing down from Table 1 after obtaining several good results among some interesting hands. Bridge is a game of mistakes and we should have done better on the following hand:

North Deals
E-W Vul
10 5 3 2
A K Q 9 5
K 8 6
A
J 8 2
J 5 3
Q 9 8 7 4 3 2
N
WE
S
K Q J 4
7 4 3
9 4 2
K J 10
A 9 8 7 6
10 6
A Q 10 7
6 5

After investigating a possible slam, we stopped in 5S. West led a club and it seemed that all that was needed was to see if we had missed out on a slam with trumps breaking 2-2. Not so! After declarer played a spade to the 4 and Ace, East was able to claim 3 trump tricks. This could have been prevented by simply covering the 4 with the 6. A cost-nothing safety play, even playing pairs. On to the next board.

East Deals
Both Vul
9 4 3
J 8 7 5
A 3 2
A 7 4
A Q 8 7
Q 4 3 2
Q J 8
10 3
N
WE
S
K J 10 6
A K
K 9 7 6
Q J 8
5 2
10 9 6
10 5 4
K 9 6 5 2

Our opponents slipped up in the bidding here and played in 3NT rather than the superior 4S. South led C5 and North won the Ace, continuing with C7 at trick 2. South needed to duck this trick to preserve communications and when North gets in with DA, South can take 3 more club tricks. Sadly, an opportunity lost when South won the second trick with CK.

The next hand was a comedy of errors.

East Deals
E-W Vul
10 8 7
K 9 4 3
A Q 10 9 7
2
A 9 5 4 3
7 5
5 3
Q J 10 9
N
WE
S
Q
A J 10 8 6 2
J 8
A 7 5 3
K J 6 2
Q
K 6 4 2
K 8 6 4

I found myself in 5D after the following adventurous auction:

WestNorthEastSouth
  1 Dbl
1 3 3 5 
PassPassPass 

Rez led SQ, covered by the King and Ace, as I followed with the eight. Doreen was not convinced the SQ was a singleton and returned a heart, won with the Ace. Rez, not sensing the danger, returned HJ which I won with my King. Ace and another diamond to dummy's King drew the trumps and I now played a spade to my 7, thus enabling me to discard my club on dummy's SJ. My treasured memory from the weekend was when Doreen good naturedly turned to me and called me a cheeky bu**er. This good result was sadly far from being enough for us.

This was another interesting hand we played against them, demonstrating the problems of contested auctions.

South Deals
E-W Vul
J 10 7 3
A 10 7 5 4 3
K Q 7
A Q 9 6 2
K 9 5 2
K
10 5 3
N
WE
S
J 10 8 7 4 3
A
J 9 8 6
9 8
K 5
Q 8 6 4
Q 2
A J 6 4 2
WestNorthEastSouth
   1 
1 Dbl4 Pass
Pass4 NTPass5 
PassPass? 

The 4NT was for takeout and East now had to decide whether to bid 5 . 5 goes one down, but the losing decision to bid 5 is perhaps understandable. Well, it would have been the losing decision if we hadn't decided to bid one more ourselves. That sealed our fate.

Thanks to everyone involved in running this excellent event at Mandurah Bridge Club, one of the highlights every year.



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