Playing in the finals of a national pair event, things are not going
well. Our minor errors cost heavily, and the opponents' errors all
gain for them. On this hand, my RHO is arguably
the best woman card player in the world. Her husband opens a strong
notrump, and before long we are defending 4.
I lead my stiff heart, of course. Dummy wins the ace. Partner contributes
the 2 and declarer the 5. I assume partner's card is suit preference in case
I have led a singleton, so I win the trump continuation. I plan to shift to a
club. Which club? There's obviously room in my hand for the K, and I
need to make sure that partner doesn't insert the J from AJx, so
I shift to the 8. Declarer covers, wins partner's J with her ace,
and starts running winners.
I suddenly realize that my Trick 2 signal is going to cost a trick. Partner
shows out on the second trump. After trumps are drawn, declarer cashes the K,
crosses to the A, ruffs a diamond, and gets to the business of squeezing my
partner in clubs and hearts. I carefully hold onto my clubs; maybe declarer won't
realize her 5 is high, but no, she triumphantly cashes it for her twelfth
trick. The hand was
Whoops. Sorry, partner. This zero is typical of the session. The opponents
play very well and everything goes wrong for us, so despite a good final session,
we end up 41st. Blech. May I have my 8 back, please?
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