If you are allergic to wasp stings, may I give you a word of advice? Keep away from them! Don’t hang around. Don’t flap your arms. Just leave the vicinity quickly and quietly. I wish I had shared these words of wisdom with Artur, my partner in Patrick Jourdain’s highly enjoyable Welsh Invitational Pairs last weekend, before he got stung and had to rush himself to hospital for an injection! The valiant Mike Hirst stepped in as substitute. Thanks, Mike!
My teammates, David Burn and Nick Sandqvist, won the event for the second year running — the first time the double has been achieved. Nick claims that David was red-hot the whole weekend, and offered me this piece of inspirational play from the vastly experienced Burn.
When Mike and I played this hand, sitting E/W, South ended up in 3♠. Declarer won my ♦K lead with the Ace and played a Heart to the Queen and my King. I shifted to a Club which declarer won in hand with the Ace, after which he went to dummy with the ♠J and played another Heart. Mike took the Ace, cashed a Club and played another trump. We got one more trick, but South had his 140.
When David played this hand, sitting South, he made a ‘Burn Game-Try’. This consists of bidding game and trying to make it! He also received the ♦K as an opening lead, but had different ideas about the play: he continued with the Jack of Diamonds and threw a Heart (!) from hand.
West took the bait instantly, and the defence cashed A, K of Hearts before switching to a Club. Now, a Club was discarded on the good ♥Q, and two Club ruffs in dummy saw declarer chalk up a well deserved 620.
A very different kind of sting — but just as painful!
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