RUIA final, Session III, Deal 40: A tactical Pass?

Deal No.40, West Dealer, None Vul

 

  ♠ Q 9 4 2
A 9
J 10 9 5 2
♣ 10 4
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Panja
Pass
Pass
North..
Venky
Pass
Pass
East...
Vivek
Pass
Pass
South..
Prabha
1NT
......
♠ K 7 3
K Q 10 6 4
7
♣ Q J 6 5
  ♠ 10 8
8 7 3 2
A K 4
♣ 9 8 3 2
Lead:
Result:
Score
K
Made 1
NS:+90
..... ......
  ♠ A J 6 5
J 5
Q 8 6 3
♣ A K 7
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Satya
1
Pass
Pass
Pass
North..
Shah
Pass
2♠
3♠
......
East...
Kiran
2
3
Pass
......
South..
Ruia
Dbl
Pass
Pass
.....
      Lead:
Result
Score
A
Made 3
NS:+140
..... .....

 

This is an excellent deal for a bridge student. In the Close Room, Sathya opened 1. In the Open room, I passed. Notice that the limit of EW is 2 made two for 110. NS can make 2♠. After West's opening in the Close Room, JM competed up to 3♠. After the Ace lead, the contract was due to go down o­ne, but that is easier said than done. East could never be sure that West held a stiff Diamond. o­nce East shifted, North had nine tricks. Exchange East and South's minor suit Aces and 4♠ will be cold.

My tactic of passing was o­n its way to success, but the defence gave away the advantage. Prabhakaran won the opening lead with Ace and played a small Diamond from Dummy at trick 2. Vivek could have solved all the problems by going up with a Diamond and pushing a Heart, but he didn't. After that Declarer had seven easy tricks. We still got two IMPs.

Deal 40: 2 IMPs to INDIA BLUES

Total : INDIA BLUES: 85          
          FORMIDABLES: 77

 

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