HCL Pairs Finals – a sorry tale of lost opportunities, poor decisions and more.. – morning session

We  – Vivek Bhand and self – finished a miserable 19th out of 28 pairs. Here’s the saga of how it unfolded, with focus on hands where we went wrong. There were a number of hands where we did the right thing, but emphasis in this article would be on the failures. I might add a hand or two where things went our way..

Here was the first hand where disaster struck – and it didn’t take long – just the 4th board.

W
West
64
97432
943
KQ6

 

W
West
N
North
E
East
S
South
11
Pass
1
Pass
1NT2
Pass
23
Pass
2NT4
Pass
35
Pass
4NT6
Pass
57
Pass
6NT
All Pass
 
 
 
(1) 16+
(2) Beta – asking for controls
(3) 4 controls
(4) waiting
(5) clubs
(6) Simple blackwood
(7) 2

 You are on lead against N with this auction.

What do you make of it? Taking everything at face value, its quite possible that RHO has a long suit that he has not disclosed (why would he want to know plain aces otherwise, given he already knows number of controls). Or have they had a misunderstanding where RHO meant 4N to be quanti? Its not  RKC, cos they play minorwood (you inquire).

If latter, you ought to exit passively on lead, if former – it might be necessary to set up your Club trick (before for example he sets up spades). Which.

I eventually decided to trust the explanation and led the  K – disaster. Declarer meant his 4N to be quanti, and club was the only lead to sell the contract – declarer holding AJx and dummy T98xx with no other source of tricks.

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2 thoughts on “HCL Pairs Finals – a sorry tale of lost opportunities, poor decisions and more.. – morning session

  • Profile gravatar of Kaustubh Bendre
    September 19, 2017 at 1:11 PM
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    On the last board (Board 1) why didn’t North double the multi 2D? I suppose you play the double as values, with generally 3-3 + in the majors.

    He can safely stay out of the auction after that, having announced his values.

    I suspect his double of 3H was for penalties.

  • Profile gravatar of Sandeep Thakral
    September 19, 2017 at 1:36 PM
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    He missed doubling 2d, which is what he should be doing. Now when he heard 3H he got worried about losing a partial. It wasn’t for penalty..

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