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Jun 04

Double endplay

I just came back from two days playing in the California Capital Regional in Sacramento.  We first tried the open Swiss championship on Saturday, and got killed — a good reminder that decent opponents will actually kill you when you bid on trash.  With xxKQxxxxxxxKx, do you overcall at unfavorable after (weak 1NT)-P-(2)?  I never got punished for that before so I stuck in 2 (which, by the way, has no preemptive value whatsoever against anyone who knows what he is doing) and went for 800 even with a ten-point dummy.  Well, that was a costly lesson, but a valuable one.

After collecting a meagre 7VPs in the first four rounds, we dropped out and decided to play in the side Swiss, where we finished with a 2-1-1 record against poor opposition — basically a bad day.

On Sunday, lacking teammates to play in the Swiss, we entered the so-called fast pairs, which was supposed to be run at five minutes a board.  Well, we did play at five minutes a board, but a sizeable number of pairs were unable to do so and the directors decided to add time to the clock rather than to handle slow play penalties.  Why call it fast pairs then… anyways.  Holding AKQ62JT86AKT4–, I open 1 (various hand types to be clarified later) in first seat at unfavorable, partner responds 1 (any 0-6 or 7, or 9-11 unbalanced with one or both bad minors) and righty preempts the auction all the way to 5!  Having not shown strength yet, and unwilling to commit to either a strain or a slam, I have to double, and partner removes to 5!  Now what?  I guess at matchpoints the right action is to take your plus and stop there, but I foolishly raised to 6.  the club king is led and let's move to partner's seat:

NS deals
N vul
North
AKQ62
JT86
AKT4
South
T9854
Q73
QJ976

A duplicated void is not that common… but how do you get rid of your heart losers?  That seems impossible, and indeed, this being fast pairs (or not), partner quickly claimed down one, but as it happened, the preemptor also had the singleton ace of hearts, so partner could actually have thrown two heart losers in his hand (or on the board), one on the lead and one on the ruff and sluff he gets after eliminating the pointed suits and exiting a heart!

Anyways, despite my dropping a couple of tricks in defense, as well as a few bidding errors, we wrap up a 56% session.  We get a 45-minute break, after which the second session will start…