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Spingold Chances Rd.64- part 1

The 2019 Spingold held at the Summer Nationals, in my opinion, is the premier Imp Team event on the calendar.

In the past, it drew the very best from the ACBL, but now, with the addition of many of the very best international players, it may be the strongest open team event in the world.

This year, 98 teams entered to compete for the Trophy.

Before proceeding with several hands in several articles that I found interesting, let me begin by thanking the ACBL, BBO, and most importantly Jan Martel.

Jan's tireless efforts on all of our behalf make the setup, selection and broadcasts truly World Class.

I thank all for the opportunity to be a vugraph operator and to see first hand some top level bidding and play.

That being said, we also at times, see that even the great players have missteps whether in bidding or play.

Let's begin in the Round of 64 Korbel vs. Rippey. (BTW, the specific result would not have changed the results of any of the matches to be discussed, but momentum would likely have been impacted)

This hand is from the third segment where 4H was bid and played making 5 at the closed table, but at the open table, declarer found himself in a thin 6H contract.

Declarer received what appears the only lead of a high Spade to allow declarer a chance.  After some consideration, declarer chose to take the club finesse and ultimately finished two down.

In retrospect, it seemed to me at the time that a better line was to return the spade J at trick two.  I believe it would be nearly impossible for East to duck, establishing declarer's S10 as the 12th trick and upon any return, declarer now plays for a spade ruff high, a diamond ruff low (needing at worst a 5-3 diamond break, and either 3-2 hearts or the H10 falling in the 4-1 H split to bring home the slam).

As you can see, the cards sat favorably for this line even with the 4-1 heart break as the H10 was in fact singleton.

Comments are welcome and more hands to come.

West
42
10
J10542
KJ1092
North
AJ106
AJ984
AK3
3
East
KQ987
7652
Q98
5
South
53
KQ3
76
AQ8764
W
N
E
S
 
P
1
P
1
1
X
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
4N
P
5
P
5N
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 North
NS: 0 EW: 0
 

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