In the semi-finals of today's compact knockout, my RHO says, "I like your shirt. I have one just like it." "Thank you. I found it in a store here last summer at the regional." "I found mine at an airport."
In the finals, we are playing some friends. LHO recently went over 10,000 masterpoints. By the last hand, I think we are reasonably ahead, but not by enough that I can be sure, when I see
I see two reasonable lines. I can draw trumps and hope
to lose only one spade, one heart, and one club. There
is a danger, however, of losing control. If I lose a
trump finesse, they will tap me with a diamond. Then
when I lose the
The other line is a dummy reversal. If I ruff three
diamonds in hand and nothing is unfriendly, I can take
two spades, two high trumps, the
I estimate the two lines as a wash, but they'll likely try to
draw trumps at the other table, so if I don't want a swing,
I should take that line. It's also likely to generate more
overtricks when successful, and I have an idea for the later
play that will be fun, so I start with the
I need to find the
Many years ago, Terence Reese wrote a column describing nearly the same play. This is the first time I have ever seen it in practice. It worked for him, too.
We win one IMP on the board, but it didn't matter as we won the match by a few more than that. Too bad I didn't find another Derek Jeter shirt to wear tomorrow.