17.10.19

YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THIRTEEN TRICKS.

It's not Saturday, and I don't consider what follows any sort of a bridge column, as there are no teaching points.  Do your research: the newspaper columns are generally about making do with what looks inadequate, or how best recover when "eight ever, nine never" runs afoul of Pascal's Triangle.

But when the simulation deals you  A K 10 2 ♥ K Q J 8 5 ♦ A K J 8 with the north bot, my partner, opening 1 Club, maybe some fun things can happen.  I respond with Two Hearts, bot tries Four Clubs, I offer Four Hearts (the simulation offering instructive explanations of what these bids mean) and the partner bot offers Four No Trump, which doesn't mean calling for Aces, as there's no agreement on a suit yet.  I just dial up Six No Trump, as several of the bid explanations are offering the Ace of Clubs, and everybody passes.

The closed hand for this game is ♠ 3 ♥ A 3 ♦ Q 5 2 ♣ A K Q J 6 5 3.  I suspect in expert play the declarer simply reveals the hand and says, "Plus one, let's play a more interesting hand."  Fourteen top honors plus enough little ones to switch between holdings.  The opening lead is the ♠5, win on the board, cash the  King, little one to the Ace, cash the three top Clubs, back to the board for the remaining Hearts, and then file a claim.

It's like almost any other activity, every so often something goes just right, just enough to go back and keep trying, even though most days there will be winners you can't get to, just as in sailing there were days when the wind just wouldn't cooperate.

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