Let’s comment this bridge hand played during last World Juniors championships in Salsomaggiore (Italy).
N/S land on this aggressive 4 ♠ contract after 1NT opening and a stayman sequence.
It’s not easy contract to play, by the way it can be realized if there is not ♣ lead, because there is possibility to ruff the hearts and pitching 1 losing ♣ on the ♦ K.
The first remarkable play is the lead. It’s not exactly immediate to lead ♣ K against a 1NT opening. There are a lot of layout where in this situation you risk to lose a trick. With same hand I expect a lot of people could lead ♦ or a trump.
But the most amazing fact is that on the prosecution of ♣ Q, Rosenberg had a clear picture of what was going on. He thought that the only way to beat 100% the contract was to cover the trick with ♣ A and give ruff to the partner! At this point the end is over.
How many of you would have used the ♣ A at trick 2? Most bridge player would have just followed a small club.
This is the amazing thing of playing bridge. You have to be always on the spot. Always thinking of what’s going on and what you can do.
So next time you play, before to automatically follow in the suit, think what you are doing!
In this case let’s comment a missed game. The players at the table are World Masters, much better player than me of course. Anyway let’s try to put together some ideas. Everything looks like a standard auction until Lauria 2 ♠ . Then in my opinion there is the difficult bidding by South.
South has 15HP hand and these bidding alternatives:
• Pass. I would not pass this hand as well. 15HP having 2 Kings and 2 Aces cannot be passed out risking opponents to play 2 ♠
• 3 ♣ This was South bid. I don’t like this bid because it’s saying to the partner who doubled to forget hearts, since he can play only minors suit. And this is what probably North thought about it. Bidding like this is showing a 5-5 or 6-4 distribution with probably shortness in hearts
• Double. This would have been my favorite bid. It does not mean South has hearts. It just means he has points. In the end also if partner bids 3♥ the ♥ K and ♠ doubleton are not. On the double North could easily bid 4♥
If you have a look to what happened in the other room. Everything was much easier in order to find the right contract. South decided to open the auction with 1NT, so west was forced to pass and North could easily bid 4♥
To be honest I am not a great fan of 1NT opening bid having 5-4-2-2 distribution. But probably I should start to reconsider it since it looks like it works very well. Also a pair like Fantoni Nunes (I know they were cheating, but not in bidding) was using in 1NT 12-14 successfully the 5-4-2-2 distribution even if the 5 cards were in a major!
Let me know your thoughts and see you next time.
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