RUIA final, Session III, Deal 36: Lead of Declarer's long suit?

Deal No.36, West Dealer, Both Vul

 

  ♠ K 7
Q 7 2
K J 8 5 2
♣ Q 7 3
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Panja
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North..
Venky
Pass
1
2NT
......
East...
Vivek
Pass
Pass
Pass
......
South..
Prabha
1♣
1
Pass
......
♠ Q 10 5 4
A 9 8 6 5
7
♣ J 10 5
  ♠ 9 8 6 2
K
10 9 6 3
♣ A K 9 2
Lead:
Result:
Score
10
Made 2
NS:+120
..... ......
  ♠ A J 3
J 10 4 3
A Q 4
♣ 8 6 4
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Satya
Pass
Pass
North..
Shah
Pass
2NT
East...
Kiran
Pass
Pass
South..
Ruia
1
Pass
      Lead:
Result
Score
♠9
Down 1
NS:-100
....... .......

 

This was the deal over which I spent a few anxious hours! Examine the bidding in our room. Venky's 1 response was semi-conventional. It could either be Diamond suit or 44 in Majors. When he rebid 2Nt, Prabakaran told me that 'Now it's Diamond suit'.

I was shocked to see the Diamond opening lead. It appeared that Vivek had not got a clear idea that Declarer's main suit was Diamonds. Either he had not asked, or he had not got a similar clarification as I got. Just after the deal, I did not have the presence of mind to ask Vivek about the explanation that he got. After the round, I did ask. For the next few hours, I was cursing myself for not sticking to the task - for taking things too lightly, for not bothering to protect the interest of our team and so o­n and so forth! I was mad with Vivek for not ensuring that he had a proper basis for making that bold Diamond lead, for not ensuring completeness of explanation, for being naive about the whole issue. The o­nly consolation was the support of our team members. None of them bothered to discuss the deal in detail. They were not for technicalities, not for filing appeals, and not for calling the director when commonsense Bridge would have given good results. In general, we never called the director for mere technicalities.

My 7 was an ominous card too! If partner had led a Diamond, he was quite likely to continue with a Diamond when he got in. He did when Venky ran the Jack to him. Venky had cleverly concealed the 2 so when he played a small Heart from Dummy, I was in a dilemma. If went up with Ace, I would be giving two tricks in Hearts, so if Declarer held A or AQ of Clubs and nothing in Spades (with three or four small Spades, a Spade lead or a shift would have been quite likely), I would be selling the contract. Declarer would make four Diamonds, two Hearts, and the two black aces if I went up with the Ace. Mind you, I was still under the impression that the Declarer held o­nly four Diamonds. If I played small, we would get two Clubs, two Spades, a Heart, and o­ne more trick in o­ne of the Black suits.

I ducked after a good amount of thought and Venky claimed the next instance!

Deal 36: 6 IMPs to FORMIDABLES

Total : INDIA BLUES: 83                
          FORMIDABLES: 66

 

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