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A Swingy Decision by LC

Author: Larry Cohen Date of publish: 6/14/2009 Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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The 2009 Team Trials to select the  U.S. representatives for the Bermuda Bowl in Brazil, took place this June. The Robinson and Nickell teams qualified.

Our team lasted 6 days, but were dispatched on the final deal of our match (with only six teams remaining). We trailed by a large margin entering the last segment of that match, so I was in "swing" mode when I picked up:

 
♠J 6 5 4
♥A 10 6 3 2
♦K 10 6
♣4
 
With both sides vulnerable, my LHO opened 1♦.

RHO responded 1♥ and then raised opener's 2NT rebid to 3NT.

Of course, it is very normal to Pass and await partner's lead.

 
WestNorthEastSouth
 David  Larry
 
--
--
 --1♦
Pass
1♥
 Pass 2NT
Pass
3NT
Double!
All Pass

However, you know what partner's lead will be. Surely, he will lead his best suit, and that is maybe 95% to be clubs (based on your singleton). Rather than be disappointed yet again by partner's lead, I took a chance. A big chance. I doubled. Such a double calls for the lead of dummy's first-bid suit--hearts. It's not like I had good enough hearts for this action (nor a good enough hand), but our team was in need of a swing. We trailed by 30 IMPs at the time late in the match. It seemed like a good shot. (Earlier in the match, this would be a poor action--on a bad day, the 3NT bidder has a 12-count and redoubles for some score you have to look up).

This was the full deal:

Vul: South
Dir: Both
♠Q 10 9
♥K J 8 5
♦8 5 3
♣8 6 5
 
♠8 7 3
♥Q 9
♦J 9 4
♣K J 10 3 2
 ♠J 6 5 4
♥A 10 6 3 2
♦K 10 6
♣4
 ♠A K 2
♥7 4
♦A Q 7 2
♣A Q 9 7
 
West
north
east
south
David
 Larry
 
 ----
--
1♦
Pass
1♥
 Pass2NT
Pass
3NT
Double!
 All Pass

David duly led the ♥Q instead of a disastrous club. I allowed dummy's ♥K to hold the trick. Declarer decided to work on his best minor--clubs (note the spots). He finessed the queen and David won the ♣K to play another heart. Declarer covered with the jack and I won the ace. I exited safely in spades and we ended up 500 (declarer laid down the ♣A next--he wasn't happy).
At the other table, my teammate was not doubled in 3NT (of course). He was treated to a low club lead, won by dummy's ♣8. Declarer set up the diamonds (with a finesse) and guessed the hearts for 9 tricks and a 15-IMP gain. Unfortunately, we then went on to lose the match on the final deal. Instead of a trip to Brazil to represent the United States, we earned a trip home.

 

 

 

 


 



     

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