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Wild hands in the first round of the round robin in Bali
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Here is my favorite fun hand from the first round

South
AKQJ10963
A4
AQJ
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
4
4
?

You pick up this incredible hand and open your strong bid after two passes, your LHO preempts in , partner freely bids diamonds showing 5+ and a positive, not necessarily a great suit. Now RHO bids 4H, over to you?

What is your bidding plan?

So you shrug your shoulders and bid 7. The Rusinow Q is led and you see this dummy. Plan the play

West
North
85
A53
KJ932
532
East
South
AKQJ10963
A4
AQJ
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
4
4
7
P
P
P
D
5
7 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Q
A
6
Q
1
1
0
5
2
A
4
3
2
0
K
2
8
4
3
3
0
Q
8
2
7
3
4
0
J
4
3
7
3
5
0
10
8
5
7
3
6
0
9
K
3
10
3
7
0
7

 

Here is the moment of decision .... The spades broke 3-0 so you ran them all hoping to either squeeze someone who guards both clubs and diamonds or to be able to tell from the discarding which finesse to take. No one pitched any diamonds, LHO pitched six hearts and three clubs, RHO pitched three hearts and two clubs and then the last heart when you pitched dummy's heart.

Now you can 

  1. play A then K and if the Q does not appear play a club then decide when no K appears whether to a) finesse or b) play that the squeeze operated on LHO
  2. Cash the A and if the K does not appear either play A then a) K hoping the squeeze worked or b) take the finesse

which will it be? (the cards that have been already played are in gray)

 

Here is the successful line of play.

West
KQJ842
Q105
K864
North
85
A53
KJ932
532
East
742
10976
876
1097
South
AKQJ10963
A4
AQJ
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
4
5
5NT
P
6
P
7
P
P
P
D
5
7 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
K
A
10
J
1
1
0
5
2
A
2
3
2
0
K
4
8
4
3
3
0
Q
8
2
7
3
4
0
J
6
2
6
3
5
0
10
8
3
9
3
6
0
9
Q
3
7
3
7
0
6
J
3
9
3
8
0
3
5
5
7
3
9
0
A
4
5
10
3
10
0
A
10
9
6
3
11
0
4
Q
K
7
1
12
0
J
8
Q
K
1
13
0
N/S +2210
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Note that the best chance on defense is to stiff the K, as Kevin Bathurst did for USA1, since now declarer has to guess. Coming down to Qx gives declarer no problem.

Any guesses as to how many of the 22 pairs played in 7 versus 6 or something else? And how many went down in 7?

And the answer is 9 pairs bid the grand and 4 of those went down. Note that 10 pairs were in 6 and the score sheet claims that 2 North/South pairs played 6 which looks to be errors. And one pair stopped in game ...

Click here for the results page for this board 5 at the WBF site for the tournament.

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