Against Russell and Len I opened 1S, Gerry bid a game raise through 2NT and I went to 6S. Russell took some time to lead and eventually led JD. I suspect this is from QJx rather than a doubleton, but the extra diamond isn't actually any use to me. I just want to eliminate the red suits, two rounds of trumps and finesse a club. Which is exactly what I did except the trumps don't break and the club finesse is wrong. Three pairs made 6S on a spade lead, so well done Russell for avoiding that lead. Of course even on that lead you have to make sure you eliminate the reds before finessing a club or you could lose 2 clubs.
P - 1D - 1N - 2D
x - 3D - P - P
x - P - 3H
I would normally assume that double after partner bids a NT is penalty, but when Helen bid 3D I was thinking it was just take out, however I passed and Gerry doubled again. Good score if I leave that in, but I'm now thinking he's maybe 4-4-0-5, so I bid 3H.
Anyway diamond lead to K and A, ruff 4D in dummy, cash AH. Helen's 10 appears.Now there are only 17 points missing, Helen has about 12 with presumably 5 diamonds, surely she has singleton heart for her 3D bid. Restricted choice also says with J10 she could have played either making a singleton more likely. So, silly me, I cross to AC and finesse 9H, down 1. The only trump suit that was breaking and I played it for 4-1.
This was a typical hand on the night. Gerry opened an off-centre 1N, I transferred to spades and Gerry bid 3S (minimum points, 4 spades). No idea whether this makes or not, but I bid 4S.
Bob Brown leads JH to King and Ace, Dave returned JD. Gerry tried to cash both diamonds letting go a club, but Dave over-ruffs, a club to Bob and another diamond ensures another trump trick for the defence. Two spades, two hearts and a club for 2 off.
I led a heart, ruffed, KS to my Ace, another heart ruffed, Margaret drew trumps and ran JC, seeing my 2C Gerry ducks. Margaret plays another club and ..... rises with the Ace for 12 tricks! We actually have to start with two rounds of diamonds to beat this then when I win AS I can give Gerry a ruff. But why didn't I bid 5H?