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Fred Upton's 31-IMP falsecard

When you pick up T62, JT86, T86, Q95 normally you don't think your role will swing 31 IMPs. Thankfully, my teammate in the 1500 Spingold finals, Fred Upton, looked for gold in those rags -- and he found it!

West
A5
Q532
A95
AJ42
North
Q74
74
J732
10863
East
KJ983
AK9
KQ4
K7
South
1062
J1086
1086
Q95
W
N
E
S
1NT
P
4
P
4NT
P
7NT
P
P
P
D
7NT West
NS: 0 EW: 0

Fred planned the play at trick 1 (heart lead) and when the A hit the table at trick 2 Fred smoothly dropped the T. Declarer quite reasonably suspected the Q would drop doubleton and (after getting count information on the hand) played for the drop, down 3. At the other table, we settled for the small slam so we gained 18 IMPs instead of losing 13 IMPs - a 31 IMP swing. Expert play, Fred.

Two side questions on this hand:

  • What's the best sequence with responder's hand using standard methods after 1NT?
  • Out of 100 randomly selected players from the Open Spingold teams, how many would treat the undiscussed sequence: 1NT-2-2-5NT as pick-a-slam?

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