Another A-10 / K-J guess
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There was a recent poll showing a guess at trick one, when playing 3NT.

An opponent led low and we had to do the right thing with Qx in dummy and A10 in hand.

As I write, the poll is about 4:1 in favor of the queen.

http://bridgewinners.com/article/view/king-or-jack/

Here is a similar problem.

North
Q6
A93
AQ843
1092
South
A10
K74
KJ1097
K75
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P

1NT = 13-15.

Hamman
J98752
J6
62
AJ6
Bianchi
Q6
A93
AQ843
1092
Wolff
K43
Q10852
5
Q843
Forquet
A10
K74
KJ1097
K75
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0

This is board 69 of the 1974 Bermuda Bowl Final, Blue Team vs Aces.

At the table, Forquet rose queen.

On the run of the diamonds, Hamman echoed in clubs (encouraging).  Wolff knew to keep the hearts and Forquet was one down.

Forquet and Bianchi played as a partnership in two Bermuda Bowls - 1973 and 1974.

Considering this deal, what, regarding the Forquet - Bianchi partnership, is unique about it?

In two Bermuda Bowl Finals, this is the only deal where either Forquet or Bianchi opened a 13-15 1NT.

These were not 13-15 1NT openings for Forquet:

1974, board 27:  K J 5 3  K 10 6  A K  J 9 7 4

1974, board 63:  10 7 4 2  A 9 4  K Q J  A 9 2

1974, board 83:  K 2  10 5 3  A K Q 5  J 10 9 8

These were not 13-15 1NT openings for Bianchi:

1973, board 43:   A K J  K 10  Q 10 8 6 4  J 9 4

1974, board 38:  10 6 5  A K 3  A J 10 7 6  K 10

1974, board 48:  Q J 3  Q J 3  A Q 8 6 5  K 10

All the above hands (and all the other hands qualifying for 1NT) were opened 1

This strange phenomenon is discussed in a chapter of an upcoming book.