Thanks to a chain of contacts initiated by frequent commenter Paul Gipson, I got to play bridge in Ireland the second night after I got here.
Not only did I have a pleasant partner, friendly opponents and a glass of Guinness at the table, we even scored up 64% for second place!
The one dark spot was this board. See if you can make a better decision than I did. I was South on this hand and had started 1S. West made a negative double. Partner prempts 4S and east bids 5D. What would you do at this point? Pass, double or bid 5S?
Would your decision change if I told you that this was a strong pair? (I didn't know this at the table). Well, I passed and 5D made. They were one of only two pairs to bid a E-W game. 5S would have been a good sacrifice; this was the full hand:
Still, it was not all terrible judgment. Here was a defense that turned out to be worth all 18 matchpoints. In the following hand, 1NT is 12-14 and 2D is natural. Against 4C, you lead the Ace of hearts and partner encourages with the 4 of hearts. Now what?
Click Next to see my defense:
Did you find the spade switch on trick 2? I thought it was a relatively straightforward deduction, given partner had bid. Also, 4H our way makes on anything but a trump lead. So, I expected the board to be flat. Some pairs bid 3NT and made on a diamond lead by North. Others were in 3C making 4. No one was in a heart contract. +50 was the only positive North-South score!