I’ve attended Rock Werchter for the .. 4th? 5th? 6th? time. Counting festivals is hard, especially if your mom makes you cut off those bracelets you have been diligently collecting as trophies. I’m much better at counting cards and HCP anyway. There was lots of incredible stuff this year .. Franz Ferdinand, Nine Inch Nails, Stonesour, David Byrne, Gorillaz and Pearl Jam to name a few. Earthquake wise I think DJ Marshmello registered on local and not so local tremor sensors. Man! Those were some big beats.
Here’s a massive deal from the Intercity games.
- 5+ !S
- 6+ !S, singlesuited
- A 6331-distribution
- No Aces
- No Kings
- Three Queens
- Not the Queen in my shortest suit
- I was going to bid this anyway
Of course during the relay sequence the positive response was a surprise, but the answers to the rest of my questions were getting less and less pretty. I can tell before my LHO makes his lead I’ll be needing five tricks from my !D suit. I just hoped that because of the lead directing double Kees might have better fitting honours in the other suits .. like a stiff Jack of Diamonds.
West leads a trump and this is what I see:
I win the first !S in my hand and I cross to dummy with my 7 of !S (breaking 1-3). Entries are scarce. There’s one thing I know .. West has the !C King. Dropping the Jack of !D-trebleton will see me home, but percentage wise that’s less than hooking the !D Jack. I take a deep breath and hook the Ten of !D. West following with a small one.
I’m clear not, am I not? I draw the outstanding trump and start my !D from the top. Oh no .. the !D suit is not breaking .. East has 5 of them.
I have a last trick up my sleeve. I can execute a squeeze against East. The three-card ending will be Qx and the final trump in dummy and Ax and my last !D in my hand. On the last trump East will have no recourse. What suit to pick, though? I can achieve this ending in both !H and !C. Wait a minute! West was helpful during the bidding to tell me about the whereabouts of the !C King.
Easy. I pitch all !C in dummy on my high !D, cash my !C Ace (ditching a !H) and ruff a !C to run the rest of the trumps. Leading to this position:
East surrenders when I call for the 9 of !S. I take all 13.
After analysing this deal at the bar we came up with the best play. If you know that you need 5 tricks from the !D suit, you first execute a double Vienna coup, and then run your trumps. You still need the Jack of !D onside, but if a 5-crd suit is accompanied by at least one King, your suit will still come in for 5 tricks. That also means you come home with Jack-doubleton onside. Thanks to Antony for pointing that cute detail out to me.
With regards to the title, don’t be afraid, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be writing. It’s a song from La Casa de Papel I’ve been (binge)watching together with Fabi.