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Here is a problem.

This is board 10 of an expert teams game; I have kept the original seating.

You are West.

 

West
AKQ5
43
Q43
A532
South
10
K976
AJ2
KJ1097
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

 

Your partner leads the 8... seven, ace, queen.

 What do you play next, and why?

Here is some text from my book, "Under the Table":

 

The 42nd European Team Championships were held during June, 1995, in Vilamoura, Portugal. The placings were: 

1. Italy

2. France

3. Netherlands

Once again (see page 320), the results were corrupted — Italy fielded Lanzarotti–Buratti and Poland, fifth, had Balicki–Zmudzinski on their team.

Early in 2017, a European expert drew my attention to a particular deal from the Open Teams, round 24, played on June 28. He did not have the hand record, but the layout and play were vivid in his mind. He verified his recollection with a teammate. If it is the case that the bidding and play were in accordance with recollection of these two players, this deal is most worthy of review.

Both my correspondent and I searched for that hand. It is not to be found in the Daily Bulletins. A request for the match hand record I posted on the usually-enterprising Bridge Winners site went unanswered. Several emails to the EBL were ignored.*

So, dear reader, maybe you can help. By clicking on a team name found at the following link, you will find all team members:

http://www.eurobridge.org/TeamChampRP/?qmenudetid=38

Perhaps it is the case that you can enquire of a participant regarding possible ownership of the hand records. I am very interested in getting a copy.

 

* Once word of this book got out, quite a number of people declined to reply to my emails and the emails of some associates

Toine van Hoof, having read the text above, contacted me and supplied the hand record. Many thanks to him.

 

Here is the full deal:

1995 European Teams Championship, Round 24, Board 10

West
AKQ5
43
Q43
A532
North
432
AQJ82
K98
Q4
East
J9876
105
10765
86
South
10
K976
AJ2
KJ1097
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

At the table, West won the club lead and... cashed the K and shifted to a diamond.

He saved an overtrick.

 

My correspondent, a true expert, had this to say, in an email to me:

... my team mate and former partner... was furious and wanted to issue a protest after the match. We never did, which I regret today.... Had this problem been given to a panel, 100% of them would -- at IMPs -- return the C5, hoping the lead was a singleton...

He cashed the SK and played a diamond, thus avoiding the second overtrick. Great defense! To me, this shows, beyond doubt, that he knew that the opening lead wasn't a singleton.

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