Nov 252002
 

None Vul
IMPs
Dealer: North
Lead: SA

kmb24
S 10 9
H A J 8 5
D A Q 9
C K 10 7 3
cicatrix
S 7 5 3 2
H Q 9 7 6
D 8 7 6 2
C Q
[W - E] Maestro
S Q 8 4
H K 2
D J 5 4
C A J 9 6 5
jdonn
S A K J 6
H 10 4 3
D K 10 3
C 8 4 2
West

Pass
Pass

North
1 D
1NT
Pass
East
Pass
2 C
Pass
South
1 S
Dbl

 

Well, it’s another night on Planet Gee. Our hero, thanks, in part, to an unusually helpful partner, has dropped about 100 IMPs, and South, serial Gee partner and opponent Josh Donn, commiserates. “North/South are very inconsistent on weekends,” he says. Gee agrees ruefully as today’s hand comes up.

North’s 1D is a catch-all Precision bid, usually showing 11-15 points and 2+ diamonds. South’s 1S reply is natural, North’s 1NT rebid shows 14-16 balanced, and Gee’s 2C overcall is…well, I’m not quite sure how to describe it. Adventurous maybe. South, knowing the trump lie as favorably as possible for declarer, cracks a Bones double, which North is delighted to pass.

South leads the SA, gets a look at the dummy, and shifts to the D3. North wins the DA and shifts back to spades, Gee covering the 10 as South wins the king. South cashes the SJ and the DK and continues diamonds. North wins the queen, cashes the heart ace for the defense’s seventh trick, and exits with a heart. Gee unblocks the king under the ace, wins the second heart in dummy and leads the trump queen, which holds. He ruffs a heart in hand and both defenders follow, leaving this:

kev
S
H
D
C K 10 7
trix
S 7
H 6
D 8
C
[W - E] Maestro
S
H
D
C A J 9
josh
S 6
H
D
C 8 2

 

Since North’s 1NT rebid showed at least 14 points he is marked with the trump king. (Had Josh properly alerted his Bones double he would have provided another clue.) There is only one way not to make two tricks, and our hero finds it. He cashes the trump ace, then executes a Miami endplay, leading away from his J9 into North’s K10 to lose the last two tricks, for 800, with only the vulnerability standing between Gee and a two-logo hand.

Asked about the overcall, Gee replied, “Partner, since when we play correctly we get a minus, when they do they get a huge plus, I felt I had to do something outrageous and then maybe turn the cards around.” The bridge gods, perhaps partly appeased, take only another 20 IMPs from Gee before he retires for the evening.

  One Response to “The Gods Must Be Crazy”

  1.  

    You should expect coca cola bottles to fall out of the sky when you step into a live auction.

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