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Today I partnered with Greg Humphreys in a two-session regional pairs event at the St. Louis Nationals, there being no NABC events for us to play in today. It was a star-studded field... some guy named Michael Rosenberg was following us the entire first session. Greg and I had met briefly before the game to fill out our card and then began. It took us a few rounds to find our sea legs, but we finally did.

In the first session of our two-session pairs event, early on in the round, Greg beered on a pushy 4 contract that I Leaping Michaeled him into. So I was looking for an opportunity for payback. On board 18, I picked up an 2245 11 count:

Q7 65 AQ73 QJT93

Although we were favorable, the lack of major-suit cards and controls influenced me to pass. The bidding passed around to Greg who opened 1. I responded 1NT, semi-forcing, LHO bid 2, and RHO pulled it to 2, which passed out. So RHO was declaring 2, and I was on lead.

I led the 6, and dummy came down :

West
Q7
65
AQ73
QJ1093
North
KJ2
K94
106
K8654
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1NT
2
P
2
P
P
P

Declarer called for a low heart, and Greg played the J, winning. I should mention that Greg had in fact anticipated what was going to happen next, and put the three cards he was about to play in a stack, one on top of the other, which was quite funny. He put the J away, exposing his next card, the A. Everyone followed. He put the A away exposing the 3, which I ruffed with my 3. I returned the Qin response to Greg's suit-preference signal, and declarer covered with the K, Greg winning the A. Greg played another club which was ruffed with the 2.

Declarer now played a low spade to the J on the board. It held. He then floated the 10, Greg following with the 4, and declarer with the 5. I won the Q. I exited another club, which Greg ruffed with his 9 and declarer over-ruffed with the J.

Declarer now played a low spade towards the K, felling my Q, Greg following. He now led a low spade to his A. Although I could ruff, I decided to think it over first. Declarer still had two trump left, and I wanted to score both my trump. More importantly, I wanted to beer. I worked out that it wasn't going to matter whether I ruffed or not at this point, so I discarded a club. At this point he played the 8, and I won the A. I exited another club, which he ruffed with his K. He now played his final spade, which I ruffed with the 7, for a defensive beer!

The full hand is shown below:

West
Q7
65
AQ73
QJ1093
North
KJ2
K94
106
K8654
East
9863
AQJ73
94
A2
South
A1054
1082
KJ852
7
D

We ended up finishing our two-session event in the middle of the pack. Nothing spectacular, but a whole lotta fun! Tomorrow we're going to team in a Compact KO, the last regional event for the tourney (I hope).

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