Friday, March 26, 2010

Birthday boy plays games

Yesterday was my birthday! Don't ask how old and I won't have to lie to you.

I worked on my birthday, but took today off. I slept late, then tried poker, but I was "running bad," as they say. So, I tuned into BBO to play bridge with the robots.

A Q 8 6 2
9 3
Q 2
A Q 6 5
Q 8 2
A K 10 7
J 8 3 2
North South
1 1NT
2 (1) 2 (2)
3NT Pass
(1) Human, do you have three spades or four hearts?
(2) No, robot, sorry. Would I lie to you?

West led the 4 to East's king. He returned the J, covered and won by West with the ace. After the West bot led a heart to East's 10, East cashed the 7 and West followed with a low one as I discarded a club.

At this point East exited with the 8 and my 10 held the trick. I cashed the K J and on the second one, East showed out (discarding the 5).

Time to figure out what was going on.

I could take a club finesse and make my game if West had the K. But, because West had four hearts and five spades, I decided that it was less than 50-50 that the hook would work. Besides, anybody can take a finesse -- let's go for the squeeze.

I led a club to the ace (probably leading the jack is better as he might cover and solve all my problems) and cashed two spades. East discarded a club and a diamond. When I led the Q and overtook in my hand, my diamonds were good.

Here's the complete deal.

You can click on the image to make the it larger.

UPDATE: I realized after I posted this, that I have nine tricks after the 10 of diamonds holds. Oh well, it's my birthday and I can do what I want, lol.

Making 3NT was worth 82.69% and you can see the movie if you click here.


  1. Only regret? Seems you did fine in the style points to win a beer!