RUIA final, Session II, Deal 29: A useful below-game cue-bid.

Deal No.29, North Dealer, Both Vul

 

  ♠ 2
10 4
J 10 5 3 2
♣ A K 7 5 2
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
D Roy
- -
1
2♠
3
4♣
5
6
North..
Choksi
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East...
Master
1
2♣
2NT
3NT
4♠
6♣
Pass
South..
Gupta
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
♠ K 6 5
A K Q 9 7 5 2
Q 7
♣ J
  ♠ A 4 3
6
A K 9 8
♣ Q 10 9 6 4
Lead:
Result:
Score
Made 6
EW:+1430
........ .....
  ♠ Q J 10 9 8 7
J 8 3
6 4
♣ 8 3
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Venky
- -
1
2
3
Pass
North..
Shah
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East...
Prabha
1♣
1♠
2NT
4
......
South..
Ruia
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
......
      Lead:
Result
Score
♣A
Made 6
EW:+680
..... ....

Venky-Prabhakaran missed a good slam here. There were subtle differences in the auction. For o­ne, Master opened 1 whereas Prabhakaran chose 1♣. With a stiff Club and a minimum partner, Venky was not excited about a slam. o­n West's 3 bid, Prabhakaran chose a raise while Master preferred a 3Nt bid. Master's choice left space for a cue bid below game and Debashish promptly exploited the opportunity. Venky had a tougher choice after 4. We have already seen why he did not feel too strongly about slam prospects.

Deal 29: 13 IMPs to INDIA BLUES
Total : INDIA BLUES: 71
          FORMIDABLES: 54

 

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