Sunday, August 31, 2008

Make 'em pay

It's been accurately said that bridge is a game of mistakes. Alfred Sheinwold once stated, "Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself." Other cynics say that bridge is a game of mistakes and the trick is to blame your partner, ha. Yes, everyone makes mistakes, even the best players. When your opponents err, you have to take advantage.

I Played online at OKbridge tonight with Kate. Usually we play IMPs, but this 12-board mini-tournament was matchpoints. I was North on board #10 (hands rotated) and held my usual rubber bridge hand:

10 3
7 6 5 3 2
7 6 5 4
J 7
A 9 8 7 6 Q 4 2
K Q 9 8
K 3 10 9 8 2
A K 10 5 4 6 3 2
K J 5
A J 10 4
J 9 8

West North East South
Pass Pass 1
1 Pass Pass 1NT
All Pass

1 was a Precision club showing 16 plus high-card points. North's second pass showed 0-5 HCP or a trap pass. Over 1NT, I could have transferred to hearts (and I usually do), but I passed this time. Both sides were vulnerable, so that may explain why West didn't compete further.

West led the 5 won by Kate with the 8. She played the A and then the jack. East won the Q and returned a club. As West cashed his club suit, Kate discarded a spade and a diamond from her hand and three low diamonds from dummy.

West could have played the A and another, but he erred. He exited with the 7 which went to the queen and king. This was the position:

7 6 5
A 9 8 4 2
-- 9
K 3 10 9
-- --
10 4

South cashed the 10 and led the 4 to dummy. West discarded the 9 8.

At trick 11, declarer cashed dummy's 7, discarding the J from her hand. West held A K 3 and was in trouble. If he discarded his A, the 10 in dummy would be good, so he discarded his low diamond.

Reading the position, Kate led a diamond to her ace, dropping the king and made two for plus 120. This was good for a 90.82% board. You can look at all the results by clicking here.

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