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Board 13: You never know what will happen at the other table(s)!
|Hand played on||07/12/2006|
|Board number||13 [Red Section]|
|Submitted by||Alaric Cundy|
The heading of this report is more often heard in the context of teams of four bridge rather than match-pointed pairs, but it would have been apt here! On the surface, everything looks perfectly straightforward, though admittedly
East might stop and think a bit before passing out 2♥. Declarer will lose two trump tricks and one in each minor for +140 to EW. Flat board? Not completely!
At one table South looked long and hard at Dummy's threatening looking diamond holding, and so when a diamond was played to the ten he decided to hold off. If that situation had arisen early in the play there would have been more justification - but in practice by this stage the defenders were already into their natural trump tricks, had exposed the club position, and had conceded a cheap trick in spades. South should be able to work out that Declarer doesn't have anything to discard on the diamonds... That resulted in +170 to EW.
At another table East evidently succumbed to the temptation to bid on past 2♥, and tried 2NT, which is where the hand played. I presume that NS took their 5 club tricks, and then their diamond. Declarer was left with 9 winners at that point - but with only 7 tricks to take them in, so NS profited to the tune of +100.
At two tables, NS managed to buy the contract. One North declared in 1NT - perhaps after South opened a very sub-standard 1♣ and EW bid timidly. Potentially Declarer can make 5 clubs, two hearts, and a diamond, but if the defenders play on diamonds and spades they should get to 7 tricks first. Anyway, the actual +90 for NS was only beaten once.
And then there is the real mystery result. 1NT by NS is almost understandable, albeit unlikely. One North / South went a step further and tried 2NT. Unfortunately for them, it appears, the defenders found their diamonds and spades and Declarer was held to 6 tricks, for -200.
As the title of this example goes, you never know what's going to happen at other tables...