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This last weekend (16-17 Dec) I played in a tournament in Bangkok, the Thailand Club Teams Championship, on behalf of the Jomtien Bridge Club.  The bridge gods were friendly and my team was fortunate to win.

Here is board 15 of the final.

West
KQ6
J103
K5
AK964
Avon
1073
KQ8642
Q2
105
East
A92
5
A9874
J832
Hans
J854
A97
J1063
Q7
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
P
2NT
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

We played hearts; when Hans showed out on the fourth round, West conceded down two. I saw the aces and kings I expected in West's hand but didn't pay much attention to his exact holding.  While getting the next board, I idly reflected that they could surely make some game; three small opposite a singleton is a very good omen, as we all know.

But something worried me... I was quite uneasy about what had just happened. A little voice told me that something was very wrong.  But what?

It was when I saw the hand record that things fell into place.

This is from the Australian Bridge Federation web site:

Australia takes on Indonesia in a youth test match being played at the conclusion of the 2nd South East Asia Bridge Federation Championships in Jakarta on 11-12 December 2017. The match will be broadcast live on BBO from 2:00pm (AEDST) on Monday and Tuesday.

Playing for Australia are:

Francesca McGrath – Renee Cooper

Jamie Thompson – Matt Smith

 

I happened to see one deal before heading out on other business.

This was board 2, segment 5/7.

Mcgrath
A92
5
A9874
J832
Hasyimi
J854
A97
J1063
Q7
Cooper
KQ6
J103
K5
AK964
Akbar
1073
KQ8642
Q2
105
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

South led a heart; down two.  In the other room, Indonesia bid and made 6.

Here is a table of the duplicated deals.

Thai. bd    Indon. bd   Rotation

8              6             180

10            7              270

11            5              270

15            2              180

16            8               0

19            10             0

20             9             270

 

Having read many interesting and informative comments regarding my recent postings, I would like to note that initiating a discussion of preferred methods over 1NT openings was not my purpose in writing this article.

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