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A COLLECTION OF FUNNY BOARDS


This one is from the very beginning, perhaps after 2-3 months of playing. Such boards can't happen again.

sK9
hJ43
dAQJT873
cQ
sJT765
h8
d96
cJ9874
 
sAQ3
hKQ65
dK4
cAT52
s842
hAT972
d52
cK63

NE SW
 1 NT PASSPASS
PASS

Obviously, we didn't respond to 1 NT with so few points at that time. I lead the 2h, north played the jack, and declarer won with the queen. Then he played the Qs. North won the trick. I thought "good, now he'll return a heart and I will collect four tricks". But he returned the Qd. At first I was angry, but I saw there's something strange going on when west intelligently ducked. You can guess how north played the next six rounds. The declarer discarded a heart in the process, so we won seven diamonds, four hearts and one spade. 1 NT was just made - one trick. My partner blamed me for underleading the ace and allowing the declarer to take that one trick.


sAK
hK863
dJ754
c876
 
sQT
hAQJT95
dA2
cK53

This one is from a serious tournament some time around 1995. We reached 4h against silent opponents. The lead was Td. I thought: if club ace is on my left then I'll go down. But perhaps the lead was from T9XX? Perhaps I can establish the jack of diamonds and discard a club? So I played low diamond from both hands (RHO played low too). The continuation was small club to the ace, and the diamond ruff. Do I have to mention that none of the remaining players at my seat got the funny idea to let the Td hold (I guess they all got the diamond lead - but maybe their RHOs did overcall diamonds), so we were 12 IMPs short on that board?


I didn't play the following board, but I find it very funny.
Two of my friends who don't exactly play bridge (but are more familiar with games like poker) went to a 3rd class bridge club on a session for beginners and were about to face their old adversary from the poker table. So they agreed to cheat against him - strong pass without alert. You can guess the fun starts when they (EW) both pass with 31 HCP total.

NE SW
 PASS PASSPASS
2 cPASS 3 d3 NT
PASS6 NT PASSPASS
PASS

But North was bored and decided that he paid entry fee to play bridge, not to pass, so he opened strong 2c, game forcing and ace asking bid. His partner bid 3d showing the ace of diamonds. West finally woke up, East realized what happened, and bid 6 NT.

sT865
h764
dQ543
cQ7
sAJ3
hAQ2
dKJ
c98654
 
sKQ4
hKT3
d87
cAKJT2
s972
hJ985
dAT962
c3

Having mirror with 11 tricks, the declarer only had to guess the diamonds (remember that diamond ace was bid by South). But he played low to the jack and went down.


My RHO in the following board was the oldest bridge player in Belgrade. He was over 90 when we played this hand.

sQ84
hT72
d43
cAJT76
sJT9
hAQ63
d652
cK43

NE SW
PASS1 d PASS1 NT
PASS2 d PASSPASS
PASS

Natural, 4 card major. West showed club suit. My partner didn't want to compete with 5 spades in pass-out because he was weak and we were vulnerable.
I lead a trump and declarer played three top trumps (partner following). Next went the 9c. Having three cards headed with the king, I routinely played the king (this ensures that declarer takes no more than one trick if he has doubleton club). I can imagine what he must have thought about my skills when my partner delivered the queen in the same trick. He didn't bid two or three clubs although his partner was sure to have clubs, probably because his diamonds were AKQJX, while clubs were just four small.
Result was, needles to mention, bottom for us. Just like a year or two earlier, when Methuselah lead small from KQTXX against my 3 NT. You can guess he found his partner with doubleton ace (and JXX on the table), and you can also guess how frequent this lead was at other tables.


This one is not so sad story. It happens, although not often enough, that luck is on my side too.
I was playing 6s (after pretty aggressive bidding by me):

s97
hAQ83
dAT765
cQ4
 
sAT86542
hJ
dJ3
cAK2

Not exactly a comfortable contract. But it is obvious that there's no other normal line of play but heart finesse to discard a diamond, in case trumps break 2-2. The lead was small club. Seeing the board is simple, I made a common mistake - I didn't think. I took the club in my hand, played trumps, and was feeling happy when they broke 2-2. But when the opponents returned the second club, I spotted that I must win it with dummy's queen, and that I have no way to return to my hand to make the heart finesse!
But I didn't surrender. I saw two solutions (except for the doubleton heart king): there is a small chance of RHO playing the Kh on the second round when I play the ace and show the jack, and, second, perhaps my LHO, who is already supposed to hold the Kh (or my play makes no difference), has KQd, so that I can squeeze him. After heart king didn't appear on the second round of hearts, I played trumps, and guess what: LHO discarded diamond queen on my last trump! The squeeze worked. I discarded the Qh from the dummy and claimed.


more to come
(when I remember or play them, and when I have time)


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