Exciting stuff!!!


OKB     MP's     Week 36     Board 457  


Probably the most exciting hand I have seen on OKB was this one.

Wonder how you fared?

Dlr: North
Vul: E-W




S- J84
H- QJ9853
D- - -
C- AJ94


S- 109
H- 4
D- 7642
C- Q87532

 

S- AKQ76532
H- - -
D- AKQ9
C- 10






S- - - -
H- A K 10 7 6 2
D- J 10 8 5 3
C- K 6
At our table, this was the bidding:

West
CUnext


Dbl
North
egil

Pass
Pass
East
jm

1
Pass
South
elsid

6
Pass

The heart queen was led. I ruffed, and ran the string of trumps. Once East had discarded two "innocuous" diamonds, I claimed 6, for +12.29 IMP's.



This hand intrigued me. I looked at the variety of scores, the play sequences, and some observations follow:

(perhaps print page 1, and use as reference, as you scroll down?)



Let us start with the scientific:
West
wil


4 *
5
6
Pass
Pass
North
JWeyant

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
egon

1
4 *
5
Pass
7
Pass
South
ONAPING

Pass
Pass
Pass
6
dbl
4 was spl; 4 a cue; 5 a cue; 5 guarantees 1st round control; 6, of course, was to play. The 6 was gallant, but wil now could Pass to confirm 1st round diamond control, and so invite a grand. Egon, as usual, loves any makable grand! Egon claimed as soon as the diamond ace was led... in his unique style.

Making 7 gave egon/wil a score of 16.97 IMP's.



West
elindros


4
Dbl
Pass
North
shf

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
cheetah

1
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
AB1

Dbl
6
Rdbl
Here, the club ace was led, followed by another. Declarer ruffed, and started his string of trumps. East discarded two diamonds.....

Making gave a score of 15.57 IMP's.

Would YOU redouble? lol



Wendell wasn't as lucky....

West
malapert


Rdble
4
Dbl
Pass
North
Wensome

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
edgroner

1
2
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
wendell

Dbl
Dbl
6
Rdbl
malapert led the heart 3, and declarer ruffed. Trumps followed. edgroner discarded all his hearts, one diamond only, and bared his club king.

Down 1 for - 3.60 IMP's to N/S.



West
vickers


4
6
Pass
North
mizzi

Pass
5
Pass
Pass
East
beppo

1
5
Pass
Pass
South
ursa

Dbl
5
6
A funny thing happened here. Declarer ruffed the heart queen lead, cashed the trump king, and followed with the spade 3, and West ducked!!! The story had a happy ending for West though. At trick 4, declarer played a diamond to hand, and West made the trump knave after all!!! Of course, with the situation exposed, declarer lost another diamond.

-2 was but -2.49 IMPs.




West
mishmish


4 *
Pass
Dbl
Pass
North
r244

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
Zamo

1
4
5
Pass
Pass
South
Felice

Dbl
4
5
Rdbl
H3 led yet again, and declarer ruffed. Again a string of trumps followed.... but declarer, probably a cautious person, retained a trump in hand for "just in case." This relieved East greatly, and he thus made a diamond and a club at the end.

Making 5xx though gave 1000, for a score of 8.54 IMP's.



West
LTT2000


6
Pass
North
PierreT

3
Pass
Pass
East
nanc

3
Pass
Pass
South
ppeng

4
Dbl
This is the first time North opened, and spades were bid once only - at the conservative 4-level! Imagine nanc's surprise when she got propelled to a small slam!!

Making 6x+1 gave N/S -13.10 IMP's. Wow.



West
mzamp


7
Pass
Pass
North
shubidoo

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
sparafuc

1
Pass
Rdbl
South
bjork

6
Dbl
Pass
shubidoo opened his cards and thought "what another boring hand." When the smoke cleared, he was 19.90 IMP's poorer!

Unlike egon, declarer ruffed the diamond ace lead, then only claimed. The claim was good though



West
col2


Dbl
Pass
North
benv

Pass
Pass
East
glabi

1
Pass
South
edb

6
Pass
col2 is the first person to lead a trump. Declarer took his cue and played seven more rounds of them but glabi held on to four diamonds and the stiff club king at the end for -1, and collected a measly 2.67 IMPs for his troubles!

Yes.. the H'ers were skewing the scores...        lol




West
Trixi


Dbl
Pass
North
hawker

Pass
Pass
East
zijlstra

1
Pass
South
lawyer

6
Pass
Our final hand sees a laywer and a hawker get along.

The A was led, and it was followed by the 4. Declarer ruffed, but drew only three rounds of trumps. Then lawyer played on diamonds. This lawyer doesn't pressurise.

-1 for -2.67 IMP's.




Hope you enjoyed!