Match 4: I overbid to game with this hand and was rewarded with 7 IMPs. After RHO opened 1♦, I overcalled 1♥ and when Sara inquired about my hand with a 2♦ bid, I showed a full opener by bidding 2♠. We ended up in game and it made!
A spade was returned. I won the ace and ruffed a spade. The ace and king of hearts drew the remaining trumps and I threw the remaining spades on the clubs.
Match 5: Next is a hand where we stayed out of trouble. LHO opened 1♣ and pard overcalled 1NT. I knew immediately that we were in trouble. RHO doubled without hesitation and I had to scramble. What to do?
If I were to pass, pard would be obliged to redouble which wouldn't be helpful. Without pondering too long and letting my anxiety show, I bid 2♣, Stayman. Whatever transpired would probably not be worse than playing 1NT doubled.
Pard responded 2♦ and RHO passed! I breathed a sigh of relief. It looked like the bid had worked and we could buy the hand undoubled. Sure enough--Sara played 2♦ and went down one for minus 50. This was a big 10 IMP win as our partners collected 500 against 1NTX.
We were in a fairly good position but needed a strong finish.
Match 6: What do you open with this hand?
The winning call is 1NT! Pard raised to 3NT and a spade was led! We won 12 IMPs when our counterparts got to 5♦.
We lost the final match when our opponents preempted with a 5♦ call after my 2♦ response to pard's 2♣ opener, forcing a nasty guess as to whether to bid a slam or not, and we guessed wrong. At the end of the day we came in second and everyone seemed satisfied.
See you at the table!