Friday, June 12, 2009

A world-wide top (almost)

Brent and I played in the bridge Worldwide Pairs last Friday. There were 4672 tables in play which means 18,688 players (if my math serves me). I don't know how many different countries were represented, but these countries were among the top 10 pairs: U.S.A., Canada, Italy, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Cyprus.

It's hard to get a world-wide top, but we came close on this deal (rotated):

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


West North East South
1
1 1 2 3
4 5 Dbl All Pass

West led the Q showing the king (Rusinow leads) and East encouraged with the 2. Another heart was led and South ruffed East's ace. Declarer advanced the K, taken on his left by the ace. West shifted to the 10, low and king by East.

East now returned a heart, giving declarer a useless ruff-sluff. He discarded a diamond and ruffed in dummy to lead a club to his king, winning. He lead theQ and West discarded a spade. He led a low diamond and West discarded a heart. Declarer ruffed in dummy and led another club. This wasn't his best choice.

Here are all four hands:

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

East showed out and Brent, West, won two rounds of clubs, led another heart and and declarer was down four --- that was plus 1100 for our side.

This was a score of 4577 matchpoints for us and only 95 for North-South. Even though this was an unbelievable result, it wasn't a top. When there are that many players in the field, anything can, and does, happen.

If you want to see the frequencies of all the scores on the board (#24), click here.

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