Playing N/S with Gerry, Les & Shirish E/W came 5th of 17. Feeling a bit miffed as Harry Smith came over at the end to check scores. Gerry and I don't keep cards but I heard him agree with Les that Stirling had won by 5 imps. The score had been us winning by 2 imps (11-9), this changed the score to 7-13 for Stirling and moved us from 3rd to 5th. However as far as I can see we did win the match by 2!??
Anyway, over 28 boards we all did quite well, got a few good scores and could have done better on a few.
After two passes Myra opened West 1H. So what is the best bid with my hand?
With AKJxxx Ax AQx xx I favour double and then bid spades on the next round, i.e showing a strong jump overcall. I could have done this here but only have 5 spades. I decided to overcall 1S. Alan bid 2H, round to me. Now what? Well with AKQxx x Axxx Axx, double would be perfect. Unfortunately I chose that here, Gerry bid 3C and this went 1 down while spades will make 9 or 10.
Having chosen 1S the first time, I should just bid 2S the second time.
This was passed back to Cliff who bid 2S and Gerry bid 2N. I don't have a particularly attractive 13 count but with knowledge of the East hand from the bidding decided to bid 3N.
Cliff led KH, I took Ace and led a club to K and A. Cliff led a small heart to Hugh's J and Hugh played QS which I won with the Ace. I led a third heart, Cliff won, took AS and I claimed. I was relieved Cliff hadn't played a club before cashing a spade, but he didn't have one anyway.
Our bidding went 1D - 2C - 2D - 2N - 3N.
Can it go any other way?
Anyway I got the inevitable spade lead now which I won with the King. I decide to play for a singleton J on my right and led QD, no luck and I concede a diamond and 4 spades for 1 down.
I don't know why I played for singleton J like that, it has to be on my right, halving the odds. Better to play for singleton King and lay down the Ace. At least that didn't matter.