Bridge: March 28, 2023
In today’s deal (reported by Barry Rigal) from the Life Master Pairs at the ACBL Fall Championships, East had options at his first turn to bid and chose a preemptive lift to three spades. He failed to shut out South, who came in with four diamonds (a lusty 3NT was possible) and was raised. West led his singleton club: deuce, queen, ace. South drew trumps and next led the jack of hearts, putting up dummy’s ace when West played low. Fine so far; but then declarer tried a spade to his king, He lost two spades and later a club. Down one. 11TH TRICK It’s sad to see this quality of play in an event for Life Masters. After South takes the ace of hearts, he has an extra chance by cashing the king and ruffing a heart. The fall of East’s queen makes dummy’s ten high for the 11th trick. When I became a Life Master in 1972, the title had some prestige. But now with masterpoint inflation plus the proliferation of events, players can achieve LM ranking without ever playing in tough competition.