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USA 1 vs. INDONESIA
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After 1 day of play, USA 1 was in 8th place.  They would play the host nation, INDONESIA, in the first segment of Day 2.

On the second board of this match, as dealer at favorable vulnerability, Gavin Wolpert picked up the following hand:

Gavin
8
AJ8754
97653
2
W
N
E
S
?

What would be your choice for opening bid?

Gavin
8
AJ8754
97653
2
W
N
E
S
?

Trading on the vulnerability, Gavin chose to open this hand 4.  Three passes followed, the A was led, and dummy tabled (hands rotated for convenience):

Dummy
K10643
KQ
KJ102
J3
Gavin
8
AJ8754
97653
2
W
N
E
S
4
P
P
P

RHO played the 9.  LHO then switched to the 2.  Gavin went up with the K, but RHO won the A and returned the 8.  Gavin now drew trumps in 3 rounds, RHO discarding the 6 on the third round, and led a diamond towards the KJ.  West played low, of course.  What would you play from dummy?

Dummy
1064
KJ102
Gavin
875
9765
W
N
E
S
4
P
P
P

The percentage play in isolation is the J, but Gavin went up with the K!  He was right, as RHO held Qx.  Perhaps he drew an inference that RHO was unlikely to hold a small singleton diamond from his failure to return a diamond at trick 3, but even then, it was a gutsy bid and play that ended up winning 6 IMPS for USA 1 when the other table played in a heart partial after a more conservative opening bid.  

INDONESIA struck right back by bidding a slam missed by the other table:

West
AK642
AJ3
KQ932
East
43
Q1083
K2
J10854
W
N
E
S
1
P
3
3
3NT
4
P
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

6 looks to be slightly better than 6, but the A was stiff, so no ruff was available.  INDONESIA picked up 11 IMPs when the USA 1 pair stopped in 5.

After several medium-sized swings to both tables, Gavin picked up a moose opposite his partner's preempt:

Gavin
AK85
KQ7
AQ9
A84
W
N
E
S
P
3
P
?

How would you plan the auction?

Gavin
AK85
KQ7
AQ9
A84
W
N
E
S
P
3
P
?

Gavin decided to ask for keycards with 4, Keycard Preempt.  This was doubled and redoubled, presumably showing 0 keycards (ROPI). Gavin made another try with 4, but partner rejected with 4.  After some thought, Gavin decided to pass it out.  Partner held :

West
QJ76432
3
84
Q109

and even with the diamond finesse working, 11 tricks were the limit on the expected club lead.  

At the other table, Gavin's teammate Kevin Bathurst preempted 2 as dealer with 10 A10962 1063 KJ73.  When the spade hand jumped to 3, Gavin's hand drove to slam.  Down 1, 11 IMPs back to USA 1.  

 

Both Indonesian pairs declared 1NT on board 31:

After South opened 1 and North responded 1, denying 4 spades, (the Kaplan Inversion, essentially switching the standard responses of 1 and 1NT), Frankie Karwur of INDONESIA overcalled 1NT to show a strong notrump.  After a high heart lead, declarer only has 6 top tricks and little prospect for a 7th.  But declarer led a spade to North's king, and now the defense could not set up 7 tricks without letting South get endplayed in hearts.  On a diamond return, declarer won and ducked a club to prepare the strip of South's minors. After South cashed 3 spades and exited a diamond, declarer stripped South's minors before ducking a heart.  At trick 12, South was forced to lead into declarer's K10 and let him make the contract.  (Click NEXT in the movie window above to see how the play unfolded.)

At the other table, the Indonesian North responded a standard 1NT, which bought the contract.  With declarer's advantage of seeing both hands, it was much easier to preserve the K here and set up clubs to pick up 6 black tricks before East ducked a heart to South.  Making 1NT at both tables was worth 5 IMPs to INDONESIA.  

At segment end, INDONESIA was on top 36-32, which converted to 11.20-8.80 VPs.  

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