Playing in a Howell with Gerry, came third with 52%. I had a few howlers which I shall not reveal here, should have been at least in the high 50s.
Gerry got us a top on this one. He opened South's minimum 12 count 1NT and I raised to 3NT with my maximum 12 count.
George led 2S and Gerry chose the QS which held. He now led a small diamond off the table and Gerry made an error by going in with the King. Gerald came back 9S, Gerry went up with the Ace and another spade created 3 spade tricks to go with the 3 diamonds.
A club back now but too late, a heart from table gives the 9th trick.
Again Gerry got us a top against Willie's 3NT.
6D lead by Gerry made me think a little with the North hand. In the end I have no sure idea what the lead is from but must play JD.
Willie takes Ace and plays AK and another club. Gerry now plays 9D which is allowed to run and holds. Another diamond to my Queen and I exit with 9S giving Willie no winning option, He rose with Ace and cashed 8 tricks.
Double dummy there is a great way of making this contract. Win AD and play a spade towards Jack. It does not matter what South does, lets say he takes KS and plays 9D as before then diamond to my Queen and now a club back.
Win AC, cash the spades and hearts and South is squeezed in diamonds and clubs. He has to come down to singleton KD, now exit from Dummy with a diamond and end played in clubs. Very neat but is a simple club finesse not more obvious!