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West
North
K
K6532
QJ932
QJ
East
South
AQ632
AJ10
A75
87
W
N
E
S
1
P
1NT
2
X
P
3
P
4
P
P
P
D
4 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
7
5
J
2
0
1
K
8
9
Q
2
0
2
4
2
7
K
1
1
2
2
9
4

If you're like most Bridge players you have a good memory for hands you've misplayed. While reviewing some old play records, I came across this hand and I am now confused whether I should be remembering this hand or not Laughing

I've reproduced the hand exactly as it appears in the hand records as that'll make it easier for people to recollect. This is a hand from the first session of Platinum Pairs in March 2016, Reno. The same hands were being played in the IMP Pairs as well. My partner opened 1 instead of 1nt, so I got to play the hand. At most other tables South is likely to be playing the hand after a 1nt opening. But I beieve declarers would face the same considerations after two tricks. 

The play to date is consistent with 5 or 6 with LHO and 3 or 4 . You need to be 4-3 to make probably. If the 9 is from Q9 doubleton, you play the Ten, establish with one ruff, pull one more trump and take the finesse for an overtrick. If the 9 is from 98 doubleton, you'll still make the contract if the finesse works. The danger is that 9 is stiff. Now playing the Ten can seriously endanger the contract as RHO will return a to knock out the entry to suit. When you discover the bad trump break your will not only need the finesse but will also need to find the T.

If you believe LHO has 9+ cards in blacks, may be you should play the other way at IMPs, but should you do that at MP too ?

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