Friday 09 October 1998
I decided to double. Perhaps not surprisingly, this was a bidding sequence that we had not discussed beforehand, but I reflected that I did not mind which of three possible interpretations partner might place on my bid: (1) penalties (2) take-out or (3) the ubiquitous "cards".
It came as something of a surprise when this double ended the auction. Subsequently it appeared that our opponents had not clarified the meaning of this sequence either - Chagas was playing transfer pre-empts at the Three level only, while Sun Ming assumed that they were playing them at both the Three and the Four levels.
The precise sequence of play, after I had started with the ace of spades, proved to be uninteresting, but we came a great deal nearer to making Four Hearts than did our opposition, and we collected 1,400 points for what proved to be a complete top in a huge field.
Our luck did not last - whenever we met one of the presumed weaker pairs, they seemed to do the right things with unfailing regularity. Still, we qualified for the final...
Love all; dealer North
!J 8 6 4
#K Q 9 8 7 4 3
4A 10 9 3 4K J 4
!A K 10 3 !7 5 2
#10 #A 5
2Q 8 5 3 2J 10 7 6 4
4Q 7 6 5 2
#J 6 2
2A K 9
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