Ronald led KH, I took straight away, cashed AK of diamonds led a club to 10 and Q, ruffed a diamond. Now everything looks great. JC to King and Ace, 9C, take my 2 diamonds and 10 tricks.
This board was arrow switched so I am West. Gerry has a system for finding minor fits over 1NT. As we use Stayman then jump in our 5 card suit when we are 5-4 in the majors, that leaves a transfer to hearts and then 2S redundant. Gerry uses this sequence to initiate a Baron sequence.
So Gerry opens 1NT, I see a minor suit slam looming so I bid 2Da, Gerry 2H, I bid 2S (not a!). Gerry bids 3H I bid 3N and hope he doesn't bid 4H and yes he passes. On the 5S lead he made 12 tricks for an average. Missed the laydown 6C/D and 13 as long as you play AK of diamonds first. Unfortunately this convention probably won't come up again for 2 years! Playing with Adrianne our bidding would go 1N - 3C - 4C - 6C
Against Alec and Raymond I got a bit carried away with my hand and led us to a bad score, however it was a bit unlucky.I opened 1H, Gerry bid 1S, now 12 points isn't quite good enough for a splinter but what is my sensible rebid? So I bid 4C, Alec doubled (?), Gerry redoubled. Not what I wanted to hear, AC isn't any use. I bid 4S hoping to put a dampener on things but Gerry loves his heart holding and 5th spade so via 4N we a re in 6S. Raymond led KD so it is now 50-50 and the trump finesses loses for 1 down. Unlucky, if the K or Q of diamonds had been is Alec's hand we might have avoided that lead, or trump finesse could have been right. However 6H is better as Alec is a little less likely to find the diamond lead and a long spade and AC give two diamond discards.
We make 4H, 4C was the correct option. Though would Raymond double or bid 5D which is of course 1 off?
P - P - 1H - 2S
x - P - 2N - 3D
x - 3S - 4C - passed out.
Gerry won the QS lead in dummy and led a club to 8 and King. Winning the spade return Gerry read the hand perfectly, diamond to Ace, run JH, run 10H, diamond ruff, AH, heart ruff, diamond ruffed by 9 and Ace, heart ruff to get 10 tricks.
This contract has of course no chance on any spade lead, but John led 2D. I was cheeky enough to finesse, Ace and another club. Now fingers crossed Willie doesn't have QS, 8S came through, taken by QS. John returns a small spade, 11 tricks. In the Women's half were in 3N all going down on the spade lead, half were in the sensible 5C. In the Men's 6 are in 3N, 3 make, 3 go 2 down on the spade lead. Russell and Len are the only ones who play in 5C. If I had bid 3C we might well have ended in 6C.