Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Moving Day

The Summer North American Bridge Championship is finally over! Feels like I have been in Washington DC for months. As soon is I got here, I was attacked by the extremely cold Air Conditioning. Guess what, I lost, and having a bad head cold as the result!

Playing in the Open Swiss Teams with my friends, Susan Culham, Maurice De La Salle, Michael Roche and John Rayner. We qualified for the final day of play in 74th position out of 92 teams. We play well all day and after the 7th match we were in 30th position.

Michael, john, Maurice, Michael and Susan

Michael, John, Maurice, Michael and Susan

For the last match we played against Jimmy Cayne’s team. They sent in their starters, Versace, Laura, Jassem and Martens. We know if we were to move up the leader board we will have to play our best.

This hand earned us a big win.


Dealer: East

Vul: Both

Versace Laura
10842 KJ65
KQ2 9865
J92 3
A43 9872


West North East South
    Pass 1
Pass 1 Pass 1♠
Pass 2 * Pass 2NT
Pass 3 Pass 3
Pass 4 Pass 4
Pass 4NT Pass 5
Pass 6 All Pass  


The bidding was the thing, Michael and John conducted an excellent auction to the diamond slam.

*Two diamond was artificial game force. Three diamond set the trump suit. The rest were cuebids and four no trump was Roman Key card for diamond, discovered they missed one key card and stopped in six diamonds.

Versace led heart king, John won this with the ace. played a club to knocked out the club ace. Won the diamond return, took the winning spade finesse. Ruffed two spades and soon after claimed 12 tricks for plus 1370 and won our side 12 much needed imps. As their pair at the other table stopped at three no trumps making 10 tricks for 630.

With this win we moved up to 13th position overall, nice going Team!

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