I've not played much bridge recently, so I'm a bit rusty.
This is only my second regional of the year.
Yesterday, however, we had a night to remember.
24 plus scores and a 222.5. We won the event going away.
Today, partner expects a repeat.
In second seat, vulnerable, I hold
KQJ63 --- AQ98 10972.
RHO passes and I open 1. Partner bids
a forcing notrump, and RHO butts in with 2.
With most of my partners, I play a double here as
takeout. I'm not 100% sure with this one, but even
if I were, I think I'd not double with a void; if it
gets left in, I'm not going to be happy. Partner
reopens with 2, and all pass. I get the opening
lead of the 2 and a surprisingly good dummy, perhaps
That's a clear limit raise, and even with the wasted values,
we are probably too low. Unless trumps are 4-1, game is probably
cold. This, however, doesn't matter, as I'm not competing with
the pairs in game. If they make, they beat me, and if they don't,
I beat them.
I play low from dummy to the first trick and East thinks
for awhile and contributes the J. She clearly doesn't
have the nine, probably not the queen, and almost certainly
has the ace. (She was thinking about playing her partner
for a singleton, I assume.) I ruff low.
I have two top losers, a club finesse, and a diamond to deal
with. One simple approach is to ruff a diamond in dummy,
but I'm afraid of overruffs. These defenders are not too
keen, so I can probably score my fourth diamond somehow later
in the play. I start with the K. West wins and continues
spades to his partner's 8 and my queen. Entries to hand
are a problem, so now is a good time to lead a club up to the K.
Of course, it holds, so I return to hand by drawing the last trump
(which East has---good, that means she rates to have few clubs).
I run the 10, but that loses to East's J. She
cashes a second club trick (West ditches a diamond as I unblock) and continues
with the J.
Cool! East is almost certainly 3523, though she might be 3613.
If my judgment about the heart suit at trick one is accurate,
I have a wonderful endposition. I lead the K from dummy,
covered and ruffed with my last trump. I lead the 7 towards
dummy and West struggles for a discard. "Give up, you've been
transfer squeezed." He settles on a diamond, so the diamonds in
my hand are good. Too bad the eight and seven weren't reversed.
The ending was
The lead of the K from dummy transfered control of
hearts from the East down to the West. Then the fourth round
of clubs finished him off between the red suits.
A real transfer squeeze seems to happen only once a decade.
My last one was necessary to recover average after we'd lost
the board in the bidding. This one was good enough for an
average plus, as more went down in game than made.
Despite a good board here, we didn't come close to repeating,
but this hand was plenty good enough to make my day.
Jan. 3, 2000