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One for the Books

I directed a club game this morning.  10 tables, with me playing with the single walk-in to fill out the movement.  Because our dealing machine operator has been busy preparing for Vegas, and is now there, we had to shuffle and deal.  Remember the old days, when "he can't even shuffle" was a term of scorn.  It seems that now it's an epidemic.  But we finally got all the boards shuffled (I think) and we played.

 Many people who played this set will never complain about computer deals again.  Especially the N-S pairs, since EW were dealt 6 relatively easy to make slams, and another half-dozen boards where an EW game was either cold or required strong defense to beat.  Meanwhile (we were EW), they only made one game against us.

But that wasn't the most memorable part of the session.  In the 6th round, I received a director call. It seems that West had 17 cards and South 9.  I hadn't played the deal yet (I was sitting West) so I looked around for a West that I thought could be relied on to remember their hand.  None to be found.  So I tried the Souths.  The most likely candidate was pretty sure of her pattern, but didn't remember the cards.  (Perhaps because her pair had slopped two tricks on defense when they should have been making a partial of their own.)  Fortunately her partner came to the rescue, although they both agreed that she had held the 8 when it wasn't included in any of the 26 relevant cards I was given for South and West,

Of course, the NS pair that had played the board in the previous round "had no idea how that could have happened."  We seemed to have done a good job of sorting out the mess, since every result post screw-up was within a trick of the normal results before getting to the offending table.  And the offending NS pair had a pretty good game (for them) and sneaed into 3rd in their direction.  So I let them off with a warning.

Was I a softy?

P.S. We bid 5 of the 6 slams and ended up with a 72% game.  My walk-in partner, who has about 600 MP, was beyond thrilled.  Even our worst auction was rewarded with a top.

West
95
AJ742
K
A10852
East
AKQ72
63
J9754
7
W
N
E
S
 
1
P
1N
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
P
P

A translation of the auction is in order.

1 - normal

1NT - forcing

2 - normal

2 - alerted as showing a very good raise, intended as showing long spades without GF values.

3 - declining the invitation

3 - interpreted as stopper showing for NT

4 - declining any interest in 3NT

4 - desperation.

They led a diamond to the ace and shifted to a club.  I won and crossruffed the minors for the next 4 tricks.  Then I played spades, they split 3-3.  Since, on the 3rd round of diamonds, LHO had played the Q, I now led the J and pitched my last club.  The 3-card ending was:

West
AJ7
North
KQ
K
East
x
xx
South
1095
D

Bridge can be an easy game.

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