RUIA final, Session III, Deal 47: Why did East choose 3Nt over 4S?

Deal No.47, South Dealer, NS Vul

 

  ♠ 4 2
A 8 6 5 2
A 9 4
♣ 9 8 2
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Panja
- -
1
1NT
2♠
Pass
North..
Venky
- -
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East...
Vivek
- -
1♠
2♣
3NT
......
South..
Prabha
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
....
♠ K 8 7
Q J 10 4
Q 3
♣ A J 6 5
  ♠ A Q J 6 5 3
K
8 7 6
♣ Q 7 4
Lead:
Result:
Score
4
Down 2
EW:-100
...... .....
  ♠ 10 9
9 7 3
K J 10 5 2
♣ K 10 3
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West...
Satya
- -
1♣
1NT
Pass
North..
Shah
- -
Pass
Pass
Pass
East...
Kiran
- -
1♠
4♠
......
South..
Ruia
Pass
Pass
Pass
......
      Lead:
Result
Score
Q
Made 4
EW:+420
..... .....

 

This was the deal that started our bad session in the Open Room. Note the bidding. Vivek knew about the 6-3 Spade fit. Why he decided to play in 3Nt is a mystery. o­ne good explanation is that it was a play of nerves! Vivek normally has an excellent temperament, however, he was a bit nervous, perhaps a bit too nervous o­n the day.

He was unlucky too. Had the Club finesse been off, 4♠ would have failed too. Unfortunately for him, the Spade game was a cakewalk. Venky o­nce again read the bidding sequence well and found the excellent Diamond lead. For a change, I thought I should sympathise with my partner. I said 'my fault', I should have removed to 4♠!

Deal 47: 11 IMPs to FORMIDABLES

Total : INDIA BLUES: 87               
          FORMIDABLES: 109

 

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