Today’s deal from the Girls series may well set some kind of record. Game all, dealer North:Poland and the Netherlands won the gold and bronze medals respectively, and this hand had a lot to do with that when the two countries played against each other. When the Poles held the North-South cards, this was the bidding:
(1) The Polish Club – either a weak no trump or a very good hand. (2) Both red suits (3) An attempted lurk, hoping to disguise the extent of the East-West diamond fit and induce the opponents to double at too low a level. (4) Happy to allow partner to double if that was what she wanted to do. (5) Unlurking slightly. (6) Showing the “very good hand” variety of the two-way opening. (7) Forcing, inviting North to double or bid on. (8) A slam try. (9) Intended as Lightner, asking for an unusual lead – in this case a heart, which would have led to a defensive cross-ruff and a penalty of 800.
West’s ingenious effort on the final round of bidding fell on deaf ears. East laid down the ace of diamonds and on seeing dummy switched to a trump, so the Polish declarer made her contract for a score of 850. But the swing of 1650 points on a misdefence is not any kind of record.
At the other table, North for the Netherlands opened the bidding with a natural one spade. East overcalled two spades to show hearts and a minor, and the bidding developed at a frenetic pace before the Polish East player decided that her opponents’ contract of five spades might very well make, so she “sacrificed” over it in six diamonds. Some sacrifice – the opponents could not beat the slam, and Poland recorded 1540 at this table to go with 850 at the other for a swing of 20 IMPs. But that is not any kind of record either. The thing about this deal is that the side with 10 points could make a slam, while the side with 30 could make nothing above the two level. That’s a record.
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