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Department of Large Penalties

West
5
AJ1092
Q4
QJ643
North
A987
KQ64
AK982
East
Q642
853
763
1075
South
KJ103
7
J105
AK982
W
N
E
S
P
1
3
X
3
P
4
X
4
X
P
P
P
D
4X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

The usual Eastbourne venue for the English Bridge Union’s Summer Festival was unavailable this year. Instead, several club venues simultaneously hosted each midweek event. A friend, Jackie, played in the Thursday mixed pairs championship at Richmond Bridge Club. She reported picking up a rare large penalty there.

She sat South on deal 10 and opened 1, which guaranteed only two cards in the system she had agreed with her partner. The West player may have been trying to extend traditional English hospitality to North, a visitor from Denmark. But a more likely interpretation is that a nodding acquaintance with the Ghestem convention prompted West’s 3 overcall. On enquiry, East explained the bid as spades and another suit and bid a dutiful 3 over North’s double. Jackie, surprised at developments, overlooked her first chance to penalise, but West removed to 4, anyway. Jackie and partner did not bother with a director call over West’s heat-of-the-moment action. However, they remembered to use their the double cards from then on while East was the admirable straight man in returning to 4.

Jackie kicked off with a top club on which her partner discarded a heart. She switched to a heart and declarer missed a trick by finessing. After a trump through declarer, a club ruffed, and trumps drawn, the defenders took the rest. (They had five trumps, two clubs, one heart, and five diamonds.) Result: 4 doubled down ten vulnerable for +2900 and a top. To be fair to declarer, the tenth undertrick made no difference at matchpoints. The next highest score went to the lone North-South who bid and made 6NT for a mere +1440.

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