Tuesday was my birthday. I had friends and relatives call or use Facebook to wish me a happy one. Don't ask how old -- that's top-secret government information.
On our birthdays, Kate and I play bridge online and try to bid what we call "the birthday grand." Bidding and taking 13 tricks isn't so easy, so this year we decided to shoot for a small slam. I guess when you get older, your ambitions aren't as high.
On Board No. 7, I held:
♠Q 4 2 ♥J 7 ♦K 10 9 5 ♣K Q 10 4.
With both vulnerable, my right-hand opponent opened 1♣. I passed and LHO bid 1♠, partner passed and RHO bid 1NT. It passed back to partner who balanced with a double. I bid 2♦ (no use bidding more, no need to punish partner for balancing) and LHO bid 2♠. Partner bellied up to the table and bid 3♦, pass, pass back to LHO who bid 4♣.
What is going on? It's your birthday, stupid, and this is your present. I doubled, they ran to 4♠ and I doubled that as well. Here are all four hands:
What is it with these people? They refuse to defend (it looks like 3♦ would be down one), so they continue to overbid. As long as they do that, Kate and I will keep pushing them up.
Declarer (North) played it about as well as she bid it, and went down four tricks instead of three for +1100 for the good guys and 14.6 IMPs -- no small slam, but a nice present indeed. You can see all the results for this deal here.