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World Junior Final - Board 73

West
63
Q5
KQ973
AK74
East
AKJ10754
63
542
5
W
N
E
S
1
2
2
4
P
P
P

Trick 1: HA-5-T-6

Trick 2: HK-Q-2-3

Trick 3: CJ-A-6-5

Trick 4: S3-2-A-8

Trick 5: D4-A-3-6

Trick 6: C3-K-2-D5

Trick 7: S6-9-?

Ok, enough math problems from the juniors for the time being. Jimmy Buffett sings, "numerical precision is a science with a mission and I think it's gonna drive me insane".

Here is a different kind of deal from the world junior championships U26 final between Sweden and Singapore as I saw it from Suzhou, China. The match had been a see-saw with several lead changes. The score was 162-174 with 14 boards to play. Watching from the vugraph room, Simon Hult, the declarer from Sweden, is on camera. Sitting in front of me is the third Singapore pair, to my right is Mikael Gronkvist of the Swedish team.

The auction and play proceed as above. (I apologize but I do not know what 3H by North would have meant.) Declarer cashes a top spade and then plays a diamond toward dummy. South flies ace. Hult wins the club return, plays a spade, 9 on his right and he goes into a huddle for perhaps a minute. What can he be thinking? Would North have raised to 2H without the SQ? Hearts are most likely 5-4, making the finesse a coin flip. Maybe he thinks he is behind and needs a swing? Or maybe he thinks his Singapore counterpart will play for the swing?

The room goes quiet. You can see the North-South Singapore players absolutely motionless in their chairs not wanting to give a tell. The vugraph commentator says, " I don't see how he can get this right." Finally, on screen, you see declarer detach the SJ and place it on the table. Cacophony ensues. Mikael thrusts his fist in the air and yells, "Yes!" The third Singapore pair in the room is stunned. Twelve imps to Sweden and ultimately the championship by a mere five imps.

Be honest. What card would you have played? Please comment as to why.

 

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