The Sectional is upon us, come and play
The Bermuda Sectional is upon us and yesterday will have seen the first two single session Pairs events. Today, Saturday, has two more single session events at the unusual times of 10am and 2pm, almost back to back, Sunday sees the two Session Teams event at 1pm and 7.30 pm and on Monday there are yet another two pairs events at 1pm and 7.30pm . The closing party and prizegiving will follow the Monday evening session.
A lot of work goes into organising the Sectional so hopefully the members will try and play in as many sessions as possible - Full results next week!
Also news that the non-Life Masters pairs has one again been postponed and will now be held on Thursdays November 30th and December 7th , on either side of the Christmas Party which has been scheduled for Saturday December 2nd .So put those dates in your diaries.
This week’s hand is really nice as declarer showed some real invention in finding a route to success .
Dealer East. Neither vulnerable.
D 752 •
C QJ982 ?
S ?76 H ?KJ8764 D Q1086 C 3
S AKQJ98 H Q D AK C 10764 ?
East opened a standard weak two in hearts and Southmade a natural strong jump overcall in his main suit, spades.
After a couple of control-showing bids, North used Roman Key Card Blackwood to discover that his partner had three key cards along with the king of diamonds and the queen of trumps, so he bid the spade slam.
West led the five of hearts. Declarer could count eleven winners – the problem was finding a safe twelfth. At first sight it seemed to be one of those deals where declarer thinks he would probably have
to guess which squeeze to execute in the endgame.
Then, rather suddenly, a new idea struck him and he called for the two of hearts at trick one. East took the trick with the king of hearts and exited with his singleton three of clubs.
Declarer made no mistake at this point. He took the trick with dummy’s king of clubs and, as there was only one entry left to dummy, he called for the nine of hearts next. East played the jack and declarer ruffed it with his eight of trumps. After drawing trumps with the ace, king and queen, declarer claimed twelve tricks – six trumps along with two tricks in each of the side suits.
Great play and declarer found it by doing all his thinking before playing a card from dummy at trick one – take note.
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