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Spingold Chances SF- part 4
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Continuing to Board 6 of the Blass vs. Spector match, we have our second swing of the 1st segment.

The auction in the open room was:

West
Q1083
KQJ8643
K2
North
6
AJ10843
QJ10943
East
AJ975
K97
A10
A75
South
K42
Q652
9752
86
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
2
2
3
4
5
P
P
6
7
X
P
P
D

The 2S bid showed 5 spades.

The contract ended down 4 for minus 800.

The auction in the closed room however took quite a different path.

West
Q1083
KQJ8643
K2
North
6
AJ10843
QJ10943
East
AJ975
K97
A10
A75
South
K42
Q652
9752
86
W
N
E
S
 
1N
P
2
2
2
3
4
5
P
P
5N
6
6
P
P
P
D
6 East
NS: 0 EW: 0

North clearly had other things in mind and was able to make the tactical lead directing call of 6D.

South obligingly led a diamond to defeat the contract for 14 imps gain on the board.

Upon completion of this board and along with an earlier 11 imp pickup, Blass jumped out to a 26-0 lead and finished the segment leading 30-11.

Several questions I pondered at the time was:

1. should a strong D suit call be preferred at imps over the major suit probe?

2. does one have an effective method to check back for a major fit after showing a longer minor in standard bidding? and

3. should East have 'sniffed' the 6D call as a lead direct and passed the decision to West?

I commend North for his creativity and Team Blass' eventual victory.  A great win in a particularly tough field!

 

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