Playing N/S with Adrianne finished in the middle with a Butler score of -3. Our opponents tendded to do the right thing against us and we missed a couple of opportunities for better scores, especially from one game I misplayed.
Mike opened 1D and I overcalled 1H, Ken passed and Adrianne bid 2D. I gave this some thought but eventually decided just to bid 2H. Adrianne would have liked to retry with 3H but can't after the hesitation. In the aftermath Ken suggested 3D was a better bid with the South hand showing the extra values in the diamond shortage with is a good thing to remember.
Anyway the play is straightforward, 5D lead to Q and Ace, ruff a diamond, AK of hearts exit with club to Mike's Ace. Another diamond to my Jack, draw trump. I made 4 diamond tricks, 5 hearts and a diamond ruff.
Their bidding proceeded 2C - 2D - 2S - 3D - 3S - 4N - 5H - 6D
Nobody knew what 5H meant which is why you can't use Blackwood without a Keycard. Myra decided that 5H must be 2 or 5 and so did Alan.
Adrianne led KC to the Ace, the trumps fell in two round and the spades are all good for 13 tricks.
Only four pairs found a slam, one in a fortuitous 6S. Although at unfavourable vulnerability opening 3D doesn't look wise, in this case it might get you to 7D.
Interestingly we make 4H, just losing a spade, a diamond and a club.
Ian opened the East hand 1S, this at least allows him to show both majors. Adrianne passed and Izzy bid a very sensible 2S especially as they are playing 5 card majors. I passed, Ian tried 3H but Izzy very promptly bid 3S and there they played. With only a heart and two diamonds to lose that made ten tricks.
If Ian opens 1H and that is passed to me I'll bid 1N, Adrianne will bid 2N and I'll bid 3N. An easy make on a heart lead. However one Declarer got the JS lead but still make! Did partner duck? This is why many players play strong 10s, you can't go wrong on 10S lead.
David started with three rounds of diamonds. I cashed Ace of clubs and concentrating on that suit a spade to Q and Ace and ruffed a club. I noted Willie's T and 9, but he is still likely to have J. I played another spade to David's King and he exited with a spade to Dummy. I ruffed another club, but no luck. I have no options now, I played AH, heart ruff, KC throwing a heart but lost a club and a heart for one off.
I didn't stop to count the points earlier and realise that Willie is likely to have KH, but even easier I didn't count my tricks and realise that a cross ruff will get me home. Even worse, why not play King of clubs then ruff a club. Now I'll know the situation and can cross ruff for ten tricks.
Here's to a good New Year and less stupidities at the table!