Match One: We met up with one of the teams that had beaten us the day before.
(A) All white
RHO opens 2S, which gets passed around to partner. He balances with 3H, and RHO passes. What's your call?
(B) All red
RHO opens 2NT, 20-21. Everyone passes. What's your lead?
We had a great time of it at both tables -- final score (for 12 boards): 54-4. Revenge is sweet.
Match Two: We played against the Grand Old Couple of Mid-Atlantic bridge, the Bloomers. Always tough but always fun, George and Judith have been winning bridge tournaments since before my parents were alive.
(C) All white
The opponents have the uncontested auction of:
1NT [15-17] - 2D [transfer]; 2H - 3H; 3NT - Pass.
What's your lead?
(D) Red vs. white
LHO passes, partner opens 1D, and RHO bids 1S. What's your call? I bid 2D... but whatever you do, you'll be on lead against 4S when LHO forces to game. What's your lead?
(E) All white
Partner opens 1H. You force to game with 2D, and he rebids 2H. You show your second suit with 2S, and he rebids 2NT. What's your bid?
Final score: 40-10. We were much stronger as a team on the second day, and Geoff and I had many fewer misunderstandings. Hopefully we get the opportunity to play again sometime soon.