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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
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Three hands from the EBU Northern Easter Festival this weekend (Swiss Pairs).

 

The Good.

 

West
108653
76
A94
962
North
A
AQ953
Q1062
A87
East
QJ94
J82
J75
543
South
K72
K104
K83
KQJ10
W
N
E
S
1
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P
?
D

4 shows a 7-loser hand, ace less and with no shortage; so the subsequent RKCB is for Kings + Q of trumps.

6 was worth 84% of the matchpoints.

The Bad

West
32
1087
QJ98
K1085
North
KQJ98
KQ95
AK3
4
East
10764
3
1054
AQ973
South
A5
AJ642
762
J62
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1NT
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

South is a bit stuck for a first bid because 1-2 would be GF  (the only 2/1 we play as GF), but is now struggling to catch up. However, with 6 solid minor suit losers slam looks a long way off.

I think I (North) should take the blame for this; it is just possible that 5 fails but highly unlikely; so RKCB is a freebie.

4+2 was worth 20%; it could have been worse.

The Ugly

West
3
K10432
AQJ8
K85
North
AQJ7
AJ
76432
96
East
K9654
Q5
K1095
Q4
South
1082
9876
AJ10732
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
X
1
2
2
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
2X West
NS: 0 EW: 0

My wife (South) has an excuse here; 17 days ago she had an operation to repair a torn retina in her right eye (she is already blind in her left eye). She was totally blind for the first 10 days or so until the gas bubble they had put in her right eye started to dissipate. She now has hundreds of tiny gas bubbles in her eye which makes it looks as thought a tribe of ants is swarming over the cards. This is her second 7-board match of the day having played 4 matches last night; its amazing she can concentrate at all. I'm not sure what she is expecting me to do with the double; apparently she was hoping I had 5 spades..

The good news is that we get the defence right and rack up 96% for 2x-1.

 

  

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