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
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 ?
Plus... it's free!