West District Sim Pairs playing N/S with Adrianne. Average score of 51% but mostly tops and bottoms.
I opened a Texas 4C, Shirish bid 4D, Adrianne 4H and Les 5D, passed out. Finding the slam looks just too difficult.
If you open 4H and East doubles, being vul South should pass. West is just too strong for 4S, so maybe 5S and East will bid 6.
Strangely 7C is the optimum contract. heart ruff, 4 clubs, 6 diamonds and AK of spades.
Of course I should have bid 7C but my obvious mistake was bidding 6C. Shirish either has 11 top tricks and needs a specific Ace for 12, OR, 12 top tricks, looking for a 13th.
I should have passed to find out which, when he shows 12 sure tricks with 6S (obvious club void), it is then clear to bid 7C, only two down. Very poor by me.
Ian led 8C which ran to my 9. I cashed AQJ of diamonds and now had to figure on playing the hearts. I reckoned I had two option, play towards the Q and if it holds duck a heart coming back hoping for a doubleton Ace or finesse 10H. The first option seems rather poor ( I lack the entries to enter Dummy, heart to King and options coming back). I plumped for the 50-50 10H finesse. Bobby won the Ace and returned a club, but I let that run to the Jack and I have the rest. Very lucky.
I opened 1S, Mary overcalled 2H and Adrianne of course passed. Back to me. Now I didn't really want to defend and if I double and Adrianne is dubious about 2Hx and bids 2S, I'm unsure of bidding on. I just prefer to bid 3D, showing a big hand and two suited.
Adrianne bid 5D. OK she has hearts but still, with my excellent trick source and her presumed lack of black cards, I just went for 6D.
TH lead to J, ruff, over-ruff., diamond to Ace and desperate for a spade ruff Mary tried a club but that was it, I can draw the last trump, get two ruffs in dummy and a discard on AH.