RUIA final, Session IV, Deal 54: A 3Nt not so simple.

Deal No.54, East Dealer, EW Vul

  ♠ 8 6 4
K T 8 7
Q 4 2
♣ K Q 7
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West
JM
- -
1
Pass
Pass
North
Sunit
- -
Dbl
3Nt
- -
East
Ashok
Pass
Pass
Pass
- -
South
Subhash
1♣
1Nt
Pass
- -
♠ T 7 3 2
3
A K 9 7 6
♣ J 8 2
  ♠ Q 5
Q J 6 5 4
8 3
♣ 9 5 4 3
Lead:
Result:
Score
7
Down 1
NS: 50
........ ..........
  ♠ A K J 9 
A 9 2
J T 5
♣ A T 6
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West
Satya
- -
Pass
Pass
North
Master
- -
3Nt
- -
East
Kiran
Pass
Pass
- -
South
D Roy
1Nt
Pass
- -
      Lead:
Result
Score
6
Made 3
NS: 400
...... .........

 

3Nt appears easy o­n this deal if you have a look at all the four hands, but it is not all that easy. South has o­nly 8 tricks o­n top after a Diamond lead. A working Spade finesse is a 50% proposition from South's viewpoint, so an expert is always going to look for something better.

Subhash did the same but the plans went awry. Subhash (as per the reports I got - please correct me if I am wrong) cashed three Clubs and then exited with a Diamond. He chose to discard the J9 of Spades subsequently so there was no way to get the ninth trick after that. A mistake alright, but a mistake in a pressure situation.

Deal 54: 10 IMPs to INDIA BLUES.

Total : INDIA BLUES: 112               
          FORMIDABLES: 115

On Wed, 04/24/2002 - 21:13, Rajeshwar Tewari commented, 

"The only genuine play for an endplay against West is to hope that West has only 2 clubs and accordingly cash 2 clubs and exit a diamond. Now there is an easy club discard on 5th diamond retaining the spade finess possibility in addition to the endplay possibility."
 

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