Above: The spillway at the Chittenden Locks is a popular Seattle tourist destination. It has a fish ladder that allows salmon to circumnavigate the dam.
Kate and I bid several slams at the North American Bridge Championship that just concluded in Seattle. We play a big club system (our version of Precision Club), and it's awesome for bidding slams.
Look at the deal below (rotated) from the first Sunday Fast Open Pairs, board No. 8 in the first session:
Kate's 2♣ bid was a transfer positive showing 5+ diamonds and game-forcing values. At IMPs, I would have bid 2♦ to set trumps and ask about controls. Because it was matchpoints, however, I had to introduce my good five-card heart suit. Over my 3♦ bid, Kate bid out her pattern because on some layouts, I would have to give a false preference. My hand is only 16 high-card points, but turned into a monster as the auction unfolded.
My left-hand opponent, Dick Budd, led a spade, but it didn't matter. The 6♦ contract is cold with any lead.
I wonder how the auction would go playing standard 2/1 methods? We scored 32- on a 35 top for getting to slam.
Above: No beauty and the beast jokes, please. Photo taken by Jonathan Steinberg.
Top photo taken with my Canon EOS 40D.