Judy Kay-Wolff

HOLDING 11 TRUMPS (AND LOSING TO THE 6 AND 7)

                      

NORTH

♠ J 9 8 3 2
♥ 8 7
♦ A 5
♣ T 6 5 3

SOUTH              

♠ A K Q T 5 4
♥ A 6 4
♦ J 8 4
♣ Q

Here’s one for the books!  East opened 4H, South (me) bid 4S, West bid 5D and North closed the auction with 5S.  The opener (West) led the DK, covered by the Ace which got ruffed with her singleton trump and East returned the HK, covered by the Ace and she ruffed it with her singleton spade.

So much for drawing trumps!


8 Comments

ChuckDecember 17th, 2012 at 5:50 am

That (if you’ll pardon the expression) sounds like a trumped up story but I believe you!

Judy Kay-WolffDecember 17th, 2012 at 5:56 am

Honest Injun!

PaulDecember 17th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

At the recent Scottish Winter Congress, we were in four hearts with a trump suit of KQJ103 opposite 765. This was insufficient to prevent our opponents making five (yes, FIVE) trump tricks.

NORTH
Kx
KQJT3
Qx
10xxx

SOUTH
ATxxx
765
AKxx
x

South played the contract after an auction where West pre-empted in clubs. West was void in spades and held seven clubs. Unfortunately East held the ♥98 and could ruff the second and third clubs, giving West spade ruffs to get back in. Then there was the ace of trumps still to lose.

Judy Kay-WolffDecember 17th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Paul:

Yours is an even sadder story than mine since your cited hand was not nearly so distributional as mine with both opponents holding eight card suits. Thanks for sharing.

Judy

John Howard GibsonDecember 17th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

HBJ : There is nothing more painful than finding yourself the victim of a cross-ruff trumps where you hold all the top honours.
My worst memory was when I was in a slam, losing out to an opponent’s ruff with a singleton 2 of trumps, and a crippling 4-0 break in another side-suit. But that the beauty and beast of bridge.
Nevertheless your story takes some beating.

Judy Kay-WolffDecember 17th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

HBJ:

The double ruff is sad indeed with the only two outstanding trumps. I sympathize.

However, I am more concerned now with the Director! Director! issue. I just received a response from the ACBL, but am asking for a more specific clarification as the answer can be interpreted in two different ways. Will advise further when I get a response.

Whatta game!

Bill CubleyDecember 17th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Some us used to play Ghoulies before the game started. Lots of bidding. I bid 3NT to make [rare in Ghoulies] and partner took it out to 4 spades. They laughed at my anguish when the opponents took the first 5 tricks on a crossruff.

I feel for Charlie Brown and the football he can never kick.

Judy Kay-WolffDecember 18th, 2012 at 2:35 am

Bill:

Point well made!

Judy

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