RUIA final, Session 1, Deal 3

 

  ♠ Q T 7
9 2
A 7 4
♣ A K Q 8 4
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
 
West...
D Roy
- -
Pass
Pass
North..
Prabha
- -
1Nt
Pass
East...
Master
- -
2
Pass
South..
Venky
Pass
3Nt
- -
♠ J 9 8 6 4 3
K 8
K T
♣ J 6 5
  ♠ A K 2
A J T 7 5 3
Q
♣ T 3 2
Lead:
Result:
Score
♠K
Down 2
NS:-100
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  ♠ 5
Q 6 4
J 9 8 6 5 3 2
♣ 9 7
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
 
West...
Satya
- -
Pass
1
Pass
Pass
North..
Panja
- -
1♣
2♣
Dbl
Pass
East...
Kiran
- -
1
2
Pass
Pass
South..
Vivek
Pass
Pass
Pass
3
......
      Lead:
Result
Score
K
Made 3
NS: 110
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One more deal with a partial swing. In the Open room, Venky simply blasted into 3Nt on the strength of his Queen and his seven Diamonds. It is the kind of gamble that could have succeeded in many different ways. For one, 3Nt might have an outside chance if Diamonds came in. There was a chance that East might find a wrong lead and sell the contract. There was a much better percentage chance than either of these, and that was, of winning a partscore battle with a kind of advanced sacrifice. The cards dished out a mixed fare for him. North had three Diamonds so defenders got into a cashout mood squandering a five-trick set, and ending up in a two-trick set instead. The bad part was that East-West had 3=3 Clubs, and they were likely to misguess Queen, so 3 was not making in normal course. In fact, 3 would have gone down two because of Spade ruffs! 3♠ was a much better spot, but much harder to find, in normal course.

In the Close room, I opened 1♣ in the third position. At the given vulnerability, a 1Nt or a 2♣ opening could come with much weaker hands. In the third seat, we do open 1Nt with 10-11 HCP if the situation is right. So many factors come into play in that kind of decision - the quality of the opponents, the vulnerability, the placement of cards, and the state of the match. Anyway, in order to mark my hand as different from all those destructive hands, I chose a strong 1♣ opening. Kiran overcalled 1 showing a Heart suit and Satya bid 1. I bid my suit, and when the bidding came round to me again, I made a negative double refusing to sell to a contract I knew I had no way to defeat(I was wrong on that count, 2H would have gone down one). Kiran and Satya were not happy with my bidding on this hand, and they told me so more than once.

In the end, we were in a good partial and Vivek made it easily. We got five more IMPs on this deal.

 

 

 

 

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