Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Roll of the dice

Being from Green Vancouver BC, where smoking is not allowed in public places, I was sick right from day one. The dry air combined with the cigarette smoke got the better of me. For the rest of the week I played like a sick puppy with a stuffy nose and a very sore throat. 

Playing the Silodor Pair with my buddy, Brad Bart. We were rolling along on the first day, when we came upon the father and son pair of Robert and Shane Blanchard from New York NY.

2nd session. Board 24. Dealer West. Neither side vulnerable.

As East I held, KJ5 1062 KJ74 Q42

This was the auction.


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


After three passes, Shane and Robert explained the auction.

*Three club was natural, four club was natural raise with five cards. Four diamond was cue bid, four heart cue bid but may not have first or second round control. Four no trump was key cards for clubs, five heart showed two key cards without the trump queen. Six clubs became the final contract.

Brad found the best lead of the diamond three to no avail.  

These were the hands. 


Dealer: West

Vul: None

Brad Michael
62 KJ5
J9754 1062
Q9632 KJ74
9 Q42


Robert made 12 tricks for plus 920 and a top. Brad and I could only suffer in silence.

Despite the fact that we got a bottom from this board, I have to say this was a well bid hand. Six clubs was a good contract, needed only trumps to break 2-2. Otherwise needed something good to happen in the spade suit.

We played well the rest of evening and made the cut to the final.

Dare I hope to feel better in the morning?

1 Comment

dave Memphis MOJOMarch 26th, 2010 at 3:49 am

It was good to see you again.

I had the same problem. Dry throat, dry nose and chapped lips. Finally, I came down with a cold.

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