RUIA final, Session IV, Deal 56: Pressure in a never never contract.

Deal No.56, West Dealer, None Vul

  ♠ J T 9  
K 9 6 5
8      
♣ A K 7 5 4
OPEN
ROOM
BIDDING
West
JM
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North
Sunit
2♣
4
5
- -
East
Ashok
Pass
Pass
Pass
- -
South
Subhash
2
4Nt
Pass
- -
♠ 4 3
7
J T 9 7 6 4 2
♣ Q 9 6
            
♠ A 7 6 2
Q 4 3
K Q 5 3      
♣ J 8
Lead:
Result:
Score
♠4
Down 1
EW: 50
........ .........
  ♠ K Q 8 5 
A J T 8 2
A
♣ T 3 2
CLOSE
ROOM
BIDDING
West
Satya
Pass
3
Pass
Pass
North
Master
1♣
Pass
4
- -
East
Kiran
Dbl
Pass
Pass
- -
South
D Roy
Rdbl
3
Pass
- -
      Lead:     
Result
Score
♠4
Made 5
NS: 450
..... ...

 

This was another board I would attribute to pure nerves! South could have made the contract in many different ways. Unfortunately for him, he was in the never never 5 contract; he misguessed trumps; and he could not time the endplay either. Nerves do play their own part in crucial matches. It wasn't that o­nly FORMIDABLES lost IMPS because of nerves, INDIA BLUES too lost a few games possibly due to same syndrome. A few deals in session three will tell you the other side of the story. The fortunate part was that we had four veterans to handle the pressure. In this context, our captain's decision to field the seasoned four in the last session, overruling some members of the team, proved to be a prudent decision.

Deal 56: 11 IMPs to India Blues.

Total : INDIA BLUES: 123               
          FORMIDABLES: 125

This deal attracted many comments.

Wed, 04/24/2002 - 07:45, Spadedeuce wrote, 

"isnt this a boring card-play hand. Win second spade, two rounds of trumps, cash out spades, dia ace , cak and exit a heart for 11 tricks...
Perhaps south false-carded the spade 8 at trick one and East backed a diamond ! That kills the timing, playing single-dummy."

On Fri, 04/26/2002 - 03:10, Rajeshwar Tewari replied to Sartaj Hans (spadedeuce) comment above.

"Hi Sartaj,
What is all this killing defense etc. Even if south played spade 8 and east switched to a diamond, where is the blockage. Cash hearts - dont break , cash 2 top clubs , cash spade J etc. Am I not understanding something obvious?"

On Fri, 04/26/2002 - 03:23, Tewari further wrote, 

"Continuing on my earlier comment, it is just a question of judging whether to cash spades first or clubs first. Because if east has a single club, cashing spades first is right as otherwise east can ruff the second club and exit spade.
However, on this deal, after spade 4 lead it looks as if west has 2 spades or 4 spades (3rd/5th). If east switches to diamond, declarer should figure out that east has 4 spades because with 2 east might have backed a spade and tried for a ruff. So probably cashing spades is better percentage. Otherwise, on a spade continuation, it is better to cash out clubs first. On this hand either line works."

On Tue, 04/30/2002 - 04:34, spadedeuce responded,

"Hi Rajeshwar
Sry my comment on the play of the spade 8 had a scenario in mind where east backs both a diamond and a spade at trick two !! Now declarer cant cash out spades without coming to hand...I agree with your interesting comments on which black suit to cash first"

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