This hand is the classic unlucky expert hand. As you can see from the layout 7 ♠ is the contract you would like to be in without knowing opponents distribution….
Once you see opponents’ distribution you really regret it. Did you see it? You can easily maintain 7 ♥ played by West.
It’s a pity for East West. The bidding sequence is strong club, where 1NT shows hearts and game forcing hand, 3NT I think shows solid ♠ suit, 4NT is RKCB, 5 ♣ 3 “Aces”, 5♦ asks for ♠ Q and 6♦ shows the ♠ Q and ¨K
You can believe it or not, but this hand is coming from a world class competition.
You can see North South bidding the normal contract of 3NT played by North and East leading with small ♥ . North ducks the first trick and when West plays back ♥ Q Easts lazily follows with a small heart and North ducks again. You can see that now the disaster for the defense is completed. For world class players it should be very easy to play ♥ K, but unfortunately costly errors occur at any level
Star of this other wrong defensive play is the same couple of the previous match. In this case players are in North South. East West are playing 3NT by East and South has not an easy lead. By the bidding a major suit lead is expected. South decides to play ♥ which in my humble opining is not a good lead in any case, since leading ♠ would have better chances to find a long suit in partner hand. By the way nothing is lost for the defense, since East can only count on 8 tricks and needs § finesse to work in order to maintain the contract. And here it happens what you did not expect… North for mysterious reasons decides that it is a good moment to duck. Now East just cashes everything and collects the K arriving to 11 tricks!
The real issue with this hand is that you need to have clarity on what’s happening and have defensive plan. This was not the case for North South couple.
And this another common mistake that happens when you want to prevent opponents but your partner is not disciplined with opening!
East raises the bid to 5 ♣ with both 4 cards in both the majors. This is a questionable decision since having length in majors should make you think that opponents will have a hard time to maintain the game if bidden, while on the other side you get a double. Moreover we have to consider that both pairs are not vulnerable so opponents will not be much incentivized in raising to 5 in a major and will probably prefer to cash the penalty. To complete the issue for this bad decision is the fact that partner has too many HP in side colors! West was expected to have only ♣ HP. This is very important to establish when you create a partnership. The style and it should be respected with discipline in order to take always the right decision.
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