Hilton Head

Well we had a fun 3 days in Hilton Head. The best news was that we missed the 3+ inches of snow that hit Atlanta on Friday. I had planned to play with Fred King from Washington. Two years ago we were scheduled to play and he had a house fire (everyone was ok) and had to cancel. This year Washington had 4+ feet of snow and he decided it was best to stay home. I think we decided it best not to try and play in Hilton Head in 2012, the next disaster might be nationwide.

I played in one Knockout with Mike Kovacich, Bob White, Jack and Claudia Feagin. We came in 3rd/4th and I even got to watch most of the Duke-Maryland game.  Donna and I were planning to come home Sunday morning but Jerry Helms grabbed me and we played with Bill Wisdom and Tom Rutledge in the Swiss. We played well and got the best of luck and ended up winning the event. A quick hand from the last round of the Swiss. I will give you one of my opponent’s hands.

You hold SpadeQJ42 HeartJ DiamondKQ1097432 Club

In first seat white vs red you pass? The auction continues 1Diamond!!    1Heart   Pass

Yes your left hand opponenet actually opened 1Diamond

Now you are in trouble, you can not bid any number of diamonds naturally. Perhaps it might be right to bid 1Spade but I don’t really think anyone would be sure here. At any rate my opponent passed and quickly found himself putting down this hand as dummy in one heart. And somehow I always thought 8 card suits were supposed to be trumps. Well the opponents made 2 hearts but they were actually cold for 7 diamonds. Pretty tough to get to game, much less slam in the suit your opponents open. The whole deal:

       ♠ A K 3
A 9 8 7 3 2
♣ 7 6 5
♠ 10 9 8 5
K Q 10 5
J 8 6
♣ A K
♠ 7 6
6 4
♣ Q J 10 9 8 4 3 2
  ♠ Q J 4 2
K Q 10 9 7 4 3 2
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