RUIA final, Session III, Deal 42: The most discussed deal of Session III.

Deal No.42, East Dealer, Both Vul

 

  ♠ A K 10 9 7 4
J 8 3
10 9
♣ Q 10
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Panja
- -
2
3♠
5♣
North.
Venky
- -
2♠
Pass
Pass
East...
Vivek
Pass
3♣
4♠
Pass
South..
Prabha
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
♠ Q
Q 10 6
A K Q 8 7
♣ K 9 8 4
  ♠ 8
A 5 4
5 4 3
♣ A J 7 6 5 2
Lead:
Result:
Score:
7
Made 6
EW+620
..... .....
  ♠ J 6 5 3 2
K 9 7 2
J 6 2
♣ 3
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Satya
- -
1NT
Pass
North..
Shah
- -
Pass
Pass
East...
Kiran
Pass
3NT
Pass
South..
Ruia
Pass
Pass
......
      Lead:
Result
Score
♠10
Made 7
EW+720
......... ......

 

At last, for the first time in the match, Formidables levelled the scores! And in what manner? This was the most discussed deal at the venue. This was the second-last deal o­n the VU GRAPH. In the Open Room, we had played the remaining five before the first six in the third set. The spectators could see that the score was 720 to EW in the Close room. They could also see the bidding in our room.

In the Close Room, EW reached a crazy 3Nt. West opened 1Nt with a stiff honour, and East raised to three with a stiff Spade! Had JM led a top Spade, the contract would have gone down two. JM preferred the ♠Ten, which perhaps is a better percentage choice, and the Declarer made all 13 tricks.

In the Open Room, the auction was more scientific. I opened 2 in the third seat. Venky had to bid 2♠ - there is little point in hiding your suit if you are not sure you are o­n lead. Vivek used a forcing 3♣ and I showed my good hand in response to that with a 3♠ cue. Vivek made a 4♠ bid in turn and it was decision time. From my point of view, Vivek's hand was restricted to 11 HCP. He had to have the Ace and the ♣Ace for his bidding but what about other cards? Would he have the ♣Queen? Would he have six Clubs? Would he have three Diamonds? Clearly, he could not count enough tricks since he did not make an ace asking Aum bid. Both of us smelt the slam, but there was no way we could have bid it with conviction. We did not bid it!

We had done well to avoid a 3Nt contract, however, since everyone watched the bidding with all the four cards o­n the view, everyone had a theory about the way of getting there. Besides, most knowledgeable bridge players give us credit for being good slam bidders, so for most of our wellwishers, fans, enemies, and critics, this was our failure! Many a spectator came and told me that I should have bid the slam. I did not try to argue.

Deal 42: 3 IMPs to FORMIDABLES

Total : INDIA BLUES: 85               
          FORMIDABLES: 87

 

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