RUIA final, Session 1, Deal 2

  ♠ Q J 9 5
K T 6
K Q T 5
♣ J 6
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
D Roy
- -
Pass
Pass
Pass
North..
Prabha
- -
1
3Nt
- -
East...
Master
Pass
Pass
Pass
- -
South..
Venky
1♣
1Nt
Pass
- -
♠ 8 6 2
A 8 2
A 9 8 7
♣ Q T 9
  ♠ K T 7 3
9 7 4 3
4 2
♣ K 5 2
Lead:
Result:
Score
♠8
Down 1
NS:-100
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  ♠ A 4
Q J 5
J 6 3
♣ A 8 7 4 3
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Satya
- -
Pass
Pass
North..
Panja
- -
1
Pass
East...
Kiran
Pass
Pass
Pass
South..
Vivek
Pass
2♣
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      Lead:
Result
Score
♠2
Made 2
NS: 90
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Vivek did not open his 12-HCP hand. In fact, even if he wanted to, he did not have a convenient opening. Considering High-card Points only, he could have opened 1Nt showing 12-15 HCP, however, HCP count is not everything. Considering the quality of the Club suit, considering that a Jack was wasted, and considering the vulnerability, Vivek preferred to pass rather than open 1Nt. When I opened 1 in the third seat, Vivek responded with 2♣. With an Aceless hand, with no Major suit fit in site, and with only two cards in Partner's Minor suit, I had no reason to keep the bidding open. In the Open Room, after South opened 1C, there was no way North was going to accept a part-score spot. Even with a 3-3 Club break and SK inside, Declarer had only eight tricks. In the early days of DEMICOMA, a DEMICOMA-baiter went to town with a joke that DEMICOMA had no opening for some hands. This, perhaps is one of those hands. 2001 Winter Nationals at Kolkata delivered a poetic justice! Deal 2: 5 IMPs to INDIA BLUE Total : INDIA BLUES: 7 FORMIDABLES: 0

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