Unlike the Gold Cup, the Scottish Cup is played as two sets of 16 with compulsory change of opponents so I faced Max and Eileen for the first time.
I was only just able to curb my enthusiasm on board 10.
After David's splinter I was motoring to slam, but his understandable reluctance to cue bid anything else slowed me down sufficiently. Even then, you need to get the trumps right. I managed to do this, taking the simple line of running the ♠J, whereas the line taken at the other table was unsuccessful. As it happened the contract should be defeated by West leading a singleton heart at trick 1.
We ended the first half with a modest lead, 38-17 IMPs.
David and I had a very solid second half, giving nothing away and doing some good things, including bidding this hand on 28.
1 Roman Keycard Blackwood for diamonds
2 3 of 5 key cards
3 Asking for queen of diamonds
When hearts behaved this contract made easily. They played 3NT at the other table.
The final score was 77-37 IMPs.