Flying back to the UK in a few more hours.
Directed the finals of Inter-club League last Saturday. Took the chance to kibitz the action in Division 1. This was a hand which took ages at quite a few tables:
4HX was the most common contract from the tables I saw, and down 1 the most common result. I have not had the time to analyse the hand in detail, but I can tell you Deep Finesses says it’s making 11 tricks double-dummy.
The defence was not a success on board 20 at one table I was kibitzing at:
East shook her head when partner returned the club, and said, “Now he makes it.” To which declarer said, “Well, you didn’t give partner a spade ruff.”
After the claim, West said he did not know where the A of diamonds was, to which East said, “I must have some points to double don’t I?”
Do you agree?
Sunday was Matchpoint Teams, which I was not free to direct – it’s my last weekend in Singapore after all! I did help to set up the movement, which departed from previous years’ usage of a pairs style movement with only 1 set of boards duplicated for each session. I requested for 3 sets of boards to be duplicated per session. Since there were 10 teams, I set up a 9-round round robin movement of 6 boards each, with 4 rounds in the morning and 5 rounds in the afternoon sessions. This has the advantage of making scoring easier by allowing checking of scores with the opponents at the end of each round. I dropped by for the last round and was glad to see everything going well.
Oh well, back in 10 weeks’ time!