Crime and Punishment in the 2013 Madeira Bridge Festival

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As Raskólnikov there are players who justify their bridge crimes, many of them receive an immediate punishment …

Dennis Bilde
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky was first published in 1866. In the novel, Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines himself to be a great man, acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law.

Teams Tournament, Round 10 of 17, 2013 Madeira International Bridge Festival:  Sigdonneman vs Buchlev.

  As Raskólnikov there are players who justify their bridge crimes, many of them receive an immediate punishment …

Mads Eide opened 1, Reim showed his spades and Dennis Bilde his hearts. South committed the crime (suicide?) of saying 3, ignoring his opponents misfit signals.

West watching his heart singleton make a business double.

 When South understood the awfulness of his situation he decided to escape to 3, bad luck Eide doubled again.

Bilde lead showinjg his club doubleton, after dummy’s ten, Eide won with his Q, played the A and his last club. Bilde overruffed North’s 7 with his J and played a little heart. Reim played the Q catching West’s J.

 A diamond to the K, was won by East’s A who returned another heart, ruffed by Eide, who continued with a diamond. Declarer won the trick with his Q and ruffed one of his diamond losers with dummy’s 5. Eyre ruffed the A continuation with his 6, Reim played his 8.

This was the 5 cards end position:

 Eide ruffed the A , continuation with his 6, Reim played his 8. Ruffed his last diamond in dummy but had to give two trump tricks at the end. His punishment was a -800 score, in the other table his partners were let play 3 one down…14 IMPs for Sigdonneman team.

BroLucius the BBO commentator finished the hand with this words:  An instructive bidding hand. Do not bid when your opponents are in trouble.

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