This hand was played some days ago in BBO. It’s very nice that things like this still happen, because it reminds me that sometimes even poor bidding can lead to the right contract.
I would have understood if South took the lead to bid the slam… but it was North to do it!
- He started the exhibition with a 2♣ bidding over the partner 1♥ opening, even if he had ♥ singleton and only 9 HPC
- Then he asked for the aces even if he had 3 ♠ losers and not guarantee of control by the partner.
Actually you cannot defeat this slam.
I was really tempted to double it having ♠ AK in my hand. I would have never imagined they did not pass!
I am really amazed by this sequence! When these things happen at the table I just suggest to smile about it. Next hands will not be so lucky anymore. It happens to get a bad score versus poor players and sometimes I have been watching “expert players” starting yelling about the luck and the poor bidding. Bridge needs also poor players and you cannot yell at them!
Now let’s analyze this Italy – Germany match at the Champions Cup playing in Zagreb.
The board 1 depends on the lead. West in the open room select the wrong major suit and the contract is easy made by Brenner. In the Closed room Madala leads a ♠ killing the hopes of the declares (only way would be to catch the ♦ Q out of finesse.
At board 2 in the closed room it looks like North is a bit shy in bidding his 7 cards ♠ suit and lets opponents to play 3♣ contract. In the open room Bocchi is more aggressive and in the end E/W decide to defend at 5♣ . The decision is not good but it does not change that much since in the closed room they did not find the ♠ game.
At board 3 Bocchi opens 1NT with 14HCP and that remains the final contract. The pass of East is questionable with 18 HCP, but maybe that all the over calls are conventional. I think Brenner and Bocchi play 1NT 15-17 HCP, otherwise the pass of East would require a review of the defenses against the weak 1NT opening. In the closed room after 1♣ club opening it was not difficult for Madala and Bianchedi to reach the easy ♠ game.
At board 7 finally also Germany finds dome match points. It’s a matter of judgement. In the open room South decides that the end is not worthy 1♠ opening, while in the closed room the other South decided it was. So this 3NT is just decided by the ♦ split and position.
Interesting the board number 6. Both the teams reached the contract of 6♠ which was defeated by the position of ♠ K. Sometimes I am amazed by such decisions. They both called the slam:
- Without 2 key cards
- With West knowing he had AK where most probably his partner was void
In any case it was a playable slam, but in any case it was below 50% chance