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This board was played between two top teams in Budapest.

West
J953
963
KQ32
72
North
KQ74
Q872
8754
5
East
1062
AK54
6
J10983
South
A8
J10
AJ109
AKQ64
D

 

http://www.eurobridge.org/repository/competitions/16budapest/microsite/Asp/BoardAcross.asp?qboard=021.36..1210

 

In our match there was a misunderstanding. 2NT-3;3-3NT

West was told this auction showed 54 in the majors in dummy, so west selected a diamond honour as his lead and that was not a huge sucess.

TD was called and told them to play on but the contract was now safe, so defenders called again and TD asked west what he would lead with the correct explanation and west said probably a spade.

TD now checked the board and other results with a spade lead, and found 8 declarers made and 3 went down after a low spade lead.

So he ruled 3NT making 2/3 and one off 1/3 of the times.

After I heard that, I was not particularly happy with the ruling. It did not seem fair as if East simply plays back the led suit the contract might even go two down.

We had two teams playing for the championship with all world class players who are now compared to the other teams who, after 9 days playing with no particular interest, are playing the next to last match, with no value. (Admittedly the players here are also tired, but playing for a medal normally means players are always more focused than for teams at the bottom)

I think a world class EW pair beats this contract a lot more times than 1/3.

But I admit it might not always be easy to predict how the play would go, so using other tables is perhaps a decent way to predict the play and use them to create an artificial score. And I also admit I have a bias for the defenders here. Maybe this affects my judgement.

Any comments? Was this a good ruling?

(In the seniors the contract was beaten 5 times and made 1 time, but as that was treated as another tournament, so those tables did not count. I do not know how the ladies played)

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