Friday, May 8, 2009

Slam in 5-4 fit trumps breaking 4-0 better than the 7-2 fit with 2-2 break

Dlr: N
Vul: N/S

















Partner (jeffreyg) (N) opened his distributional hand ONE CLUB, Righty DOUBLEd, I bid ONE HEART, LHO FOUR SPADES, and I was already licking my chops, and I am surprised to hear partner bid in front of me FIVE HEARTS, PASS, PASS, FIVE SPADES. Incredible I think, and indeed I am slightly annoyed to hear a more incredible SIX HEARTS from partner. It is DOUBLED on my right, and we all pass, as I hold my peace and await dummy.


The SPADE Q is led and ruffed in dummy. T2: H to the TEN as Lefty shows out! pitching a spade. T3. I persist with trump, HJ driving out the A, as Lefty pitches another Spade. RHO returns the SPADE ACE, I trump in dummy, Cash the HK, (diamond pitch on my left). I cross to hand via the DIAMOND ACE, Draw the last trump with my last trump, pitching a club (West a spade). I now have remaining S:K8 D:75 C:J9 and dummy C:AQ7654. The next play is for all the marbles. CJ advanced, COVERED, CA, C3. Now on the CQ, the TEN falls from the right and the EIGHT from the left. All the clubs are now good.

Two things to note. Partner's judgement was aggresive but accurate. On the other hand, he had not given sufficient thought to playing in clubs, which slam as it happens would have been defeated by HA and H ruff.

Thus, it is better to have trumps split 4-0 than 2-2. Plus 1660 is worth 98.5%

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