12th World Bridge Championships Page 4 Bulletin 6 - Thursday 15 June  2006


Good, Bad and ...

By Barry Rigal

It is sometimes tough to tell your good results from you bad ones. Consider the following deal from the Rosenblum encounter between the Schwartz and Rogoff teams.

Board 3. Dealer South. E/W Vul.
 ♠ Q 10 8 6
8 2
Q 4
♣ K Q J 9 8

♠ K 7 4
J 7 6 4
A 9 8 6 3
♣ 5
Bridge deal
♠ J 9
A K Q 10 9 5 3
7
♣ 10 6 3
 ♠ A 5 3 2
-
K J 10 5 2
♣ A 7 4 2

At the table where Rogoff was North this was the auction:

WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1♠34
5Pass5Pass
Pass5♠All Pass  

Note the subtle 5 by Jim Krekorian. Drew Casen, East, led his singleton diamond for a ruff a trick two. The ♠K meant one down. Nicely bid, but in the other room this was the auction:

WestNorthEastSouth
   1
Pass1♠33♠
4PassPass4♠
5DblAll Pass  

Very nicely bid by John Carroll, West, to take the vulnerable save, which turned out to be the best kind of sacrifice - a making one for plus 850.

If you thought that was hard to predict, how about this one?

Board 6. Dealer East. E/W Vul.
 ♠ A 8 7 5 2
8 7
Q 9
♣ 9 8 3 2

♠ -
A K Q 6 5
A K 2
♣ K J 10 6 5
Bridge deal
♠ Q 3
10 4 3 2
10 7 5 4
♣ A 7 4
 ♠ K J 10 9 6 4
J 9
J 8 6 3
♣ Q

WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass3♠
Dbl4♠PassPass
DblAll Pass   

4♠ went down two. Plus 300 did not look to be a great return. At the other table, the auction was hardly unreasonable but even less successful.

WestNorthEastSouth
  Pass3♠
Dbl5♠DblPass
5NTPass6All Pass

The diamond slam was not a happy spot, but did anyone do anything stupid? 6 went down 200 for an 11-IMP swing to Schwartz. The final swing for Bruce Rogoff came when Carroll found a nicely deceptive line in 4.

Board 12. Dealer West. N/S Vul.
 ♠ 9 8 4 2
5
J 10 4 3
♣ A 8 5 3

♠ Q J 7 6
K Q 9 7 6
K 9 8
♣ 7
Bridge deal
♠ A 10 5 3
8 3 2
A Q 6
♣ K 10 2
 ♠ K
A J 10 4
7 5 2
♣ Q J 9 6 4

At the other table, East-West had declared 3NT down two, eschewing both their eight-card fits.

WestNorthEastSouth
1Pass2Pass
2Pass3Pass
4All Pass   

East's 2 was a heart raise of at least game-invitational strength.

On a diamond lead, Carroll won with the queen in dummy to lead a heart to his king. Another diamond to dummy and another heart to the 10 and queen revealed the two heart losers. Now came a club from the West hand. By delaying the club play, Caroll had convinced North that there was no need to rush in with the ♣A wrong! That was 11 IMPs to the Rogoff team on the way to a 25-5 victory.



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