| A73 |
| 10842 |
End Round 1: Two averages, though I blew a couple of matchpoints on the first one. Lucky.
Round 2: Unknown opposition
Dealer. What is your plan?
Both Vul, RHO deals and opens
End Round 2: Tow more dead averages, though we blew one more matchpoint on hand 4.
Round 3: Jim Leary on my left, weak partner.
A very interesting hand, but all roads lead to an average. Leary's partner misbid horribly, but they ended up in the normal 3NT from the wrong side. In the middle of the hand, partner had a choice of squeezing me or endplaying me. He chose the endplay. Leary made it. We got an average.
Leary's partner butchers the play at trick one in this combination:
He covered my 9-spot lead with the ten and lost to stiff King on his right. He could never recover the lost trick. 11 matchpoints.
End Round 3: finally we are above average, but not on the board.
Round 4: Unknown opponents
The bidding began
End Round 4: A 12+ and a 6+ put us into 9th with our 2.8 carryover. The event is very close at this point. We have had six averages and two good scores.
Round 5: Opponents are Ed Davis and his wife.
End Round 5: A 10 and a 7+ keep us in our cozy ninth.
Round 6: Alan LeBendig and Partner arrive.
The bidding went
Do you pass in 1st seat? Is 1NT sane?
| K106 |
| QJ84 |
Partner leads the
End Round 5: a 5 and a 3+ put us back off the board. This was our first bad round. We must maintain concentration.
Round 7: A flight A women's pair whom I can't stand.
The bidding began:
What's your plan?
End Round 7: Two tens get us back to 9th. Happy 9th.
Round 8: Two foreigners, unknown country
The bidding proceedes:
What's your plan?
End Round 8: These were friendly opponents. A 9 and a 12+ put us in 3rd place. It is very close. We are 4 matchpoints out of first, who is LeBendig, evidently due to our generosity.
Round 9: vs. Steve Cohen and Ron Feldman
You have no agreed methods.
The bidding goes:
End Round 9: A 13 and an 8+ are good enough to put us into the lead. It is still very close, but we are the leaders.
Round 10: vs. recent Flight B graduates
Partner opens a 15-17 1NT. What is your plan?
End Round 10: Disaster strikes. We get only 4+ on board 20 and drop to 3rd.
Round 11: vs. Mike Passell and Gene Freed, who are one place behind us.
End Round 11: Two 8s move us up to 2nd. It's a dogfight, but we're in the hunt.
Round 12: Unknown opponents
| J9743 |
| K86 |
1NT was 15-17.
I led the
Did you notice that I've led out of turn?
End Round 12: A good score and an average leave us in 2nd, less than 1/2 a matchpoint from 1st.
Round 13: vs. Kay Schulle and Jill Meyers
As dealer I passed (do you?) and the bidding went:
* limit raise or better in clubs.
Do you agree with
| K1065 |
| AQ94 |
Kay, West, led the
End Round 13: The first board was an average, but I got 2+ for going down in four spades. Making it would be an 11. We lost the event by 8.46 matchpoints. Worse, we dropped all the way to fifth. Getting the last card right on board 26 was for the event and was worth 24 masterpoints. Ouch. This is two barometers in a row that I had a single card decision for lots of points. Each time I got it wrong.