Top on a board is 39. Your partner is either Mike Shuster or I, mostly Mike on the problems given because I had most of the strange hands.
| QJ6 |
| K9874 |
What do you think of the bidding?
You get a trump lead from Mohan. Plan the play. (Mike's problem.)
Board 2, right out of the box. White vs. Red, dealer. What is your initial action? What is your plan?
End Round 1. We were in the middle of the pack.
What is your plan?
End Round 2. We are off the board by 4 matchpoints. They are computing the carryovers now, and since we Q'd with a 177.8, we shall have minimal carryover.
If you pass or double, what do you lead?
| Q107 |
| K5 |
You lead the
End Round 3. I blew a board, putting us below average. Things are looking grim.
End Round 4. Finally they have posted the carryovers. We have 20.92 out of a max of 78. A good round has put us over average, but not in striking distance of the lead.
What do you lead?
Methods: double is takeout, 4NT is very shapely takeout.
End Round 5. Climbing, but still out.
What do you do if they bid
End Round 6: A 31+ and a 32+ place us 10th and on on the board!
* After a long hesitation.
End Round 7: Moved up to 9th after an OK round against the Junior team anchors. It could have been better.
End Round 8: Oops. A 1 on board 16 puts us 4 matchpoints out of 10th place. We have fallen off the board. Goldman and Shugart look like a lock with a full board lead at the moment.
End Round 9: We stole both boards and Mike guessed the play well on one of them to get a 27 and a 26. (19+ is average.) We are less than half a matchpoint from 10th.
End Round 10: Entering the home stretch, we are up to 9th. Goldman and Shugart are now almost two boards in front. We are about one whole board out of second. It is a dogfight.
2nd seat, dealer passes.
End Round 11: We hold on to 9th. A top and an average minus actually move us up closer to the leaders because Goldman-Shugart have a disasterous round and are now 2nd (by a hair) to Campbell-McLellan. Third is less than half a board away from us.
End Round 12: A top and a average plus put us in the running for the event. We are 6th, two matchpoints out of third and a half board out of 2nd. Campbell-McClellan are now a half board ahead of Goldman-Shugart, but are well within striking distance. Our last round will be against Paul Soloway and his client. They have moved into our normal 9th place and have a chance for the event, too, but a small one. They will probably go for it. If they do and fail, we can win the event.
Your lead. Red vs. White.
End Round 13: I got board 26 right, but 25 wrong. A 6+ and a 25 drop us back down to 9th and move Soloway up to 6th. If I get the lead right on 25, we get an additional 23 matchpoints and are 3rd overall. Campbell-McClellan hold on, but only beat us by a board and a half. This event was available. Let's see if you win it. Strangely, there was nothing at all to the play of the hands. This whole game was a bidding competition.