The north hand in this case held only 6 points, and Craig found himself playing 1 notrump with only half the points in the deck, but with the advantage of knowing that west had to hold the majority of the other side's honors. Craig played the hand in his usual stylish way, taking the heart lead in his hand and immediately finessing clubs. The lucky fall of the 10 and 9 of clubs allowed him to take five tricks in that suit, and when he finessed the spade 9, that suit also behaved for 2 tricks. Poor west was endplayed early, and Craig ended up with 9 tricks and a top matchpoint score. He was lucky in the fall of the cards, but was expert enough to play for the fortunate placement of the cards, as well, and deserved his good result.
In the next couple of columns, we will report winners from the tournament to be held at the Elks Club in Caldwell. There is still time for you to get in on the action if you would like to play. Call us at 327-0166 and we will make sure you participate.