Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Historic Hand

This deal is historic (for me at least) as it's the first one ever to feature my wife, mother and daughter. A Hamilton family special.

The cards did not live up to the occasion and were not very exciting:

No one vul
N deal
♠ Q J x x
♥ x x x
♦ K x x
♣ A x x
♠ A 5 x
♥ K Q x x
♦ J x x x
♣ J x
♠ T x x
♥ x x x
♦ Q T x x
♣ x x x
♠ K 9 x
♥ A J T
♦ A x
♣ K Q T x x

South opened 1♣ and when North responded 1♠ made a rebid of 1NT, showing 15-17. With 10 points North raised straight to 3NT.

West was on lead, and found the bold choice of the ♠5. This could have worked well, playing through dummy's suit, but actually here it gives declarer an immediate ninth trick in Spades. Nothing else works any better though, and declarer always makes 3NT.

It should be noted at this point that West just had just had her 1st birthday, and was sitting on her Daddy's knee. Many of her cards were held upside down, or on the floor, and after the game she could be found under the table tossing cards around randomly and playing with Hippo.

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