Best Laid Plans…
At the recent Vancouver Sectional Open Pairs. Session 1, Dealer East. North-South vulnerable. This board generated alot of buzz.
Many North-South pairs played either in 6, 7 Hearts or 6, 7 Spades. Some even played the slams doubled. Litwin and Ballantyne made the grand slam redoubled for +2940. They thought they had a clear top til I played the board.
Some East-West pairs found the 7 Clubs sacrifice and earned their good score. Only one North-South Pair went down in the grand doubled.
Playing with a friend, I was West. Held : ♠ Q ♥ Void ♦ J109754 ♣ Q86532
The board :
The play went considerably quicker then the auction. The lead was the Diamond Ace, all followed. Before I could utter a sound. North played one of his many Spades. I gratefully ruffed it, at the same time threw my hand on the table and said “Draw trumps and claim.”
Down 12 doubled not vulnerable was -3200, netted a TOP for our opponents.
However it was mildly disappointing that the defenders denied me the pleasure of going down all 13 tricks!