Shantanu Rastogi's Bridge Page
issue 101 (September 25, 2000)
First Bridge Web Page From India
In this section I would be putting together all the information regarding bridge facilities in the various cities in India.The information may be sketchy at present but would be made comprehensive in future.
In this section I would cover tournaments happening in India and more so the tournaments happening in Northern part of India and in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
In this section I would cover one good deal which appeared in the Weekly Bridge Tournaments at Lucknow or in a recent tournament with explanations.
This week's deal is from 72nd Summer NABC which took place at Anaheim recently.
This week's deal is from quarter final of Spingold between Rita Shugart and Rosw Meltzer teams and shows how an expert can be confused to a wrong line in play. The deal is reported in ACBL daily bulletin.
"...After a mildly competitive auction Alan Sontag, by virtue of his earlier Stayman bid became declarer in 3. Andrew Robson led the 9 and Sontag won and drew a second trump, Robson pitching a . Sontag then led a from dummy and Shugart rose with the king to play a third trump, Robson pitching another . When Sontag drew the last trump, pitching the Q from his own hand, Robson had an answer --- not an obvious one, but one which had a chance to succeed only against one of the world's great players."
"Robson could see that Sontag would have no alternative to taking the finesse for his ninth trick and that it was destined to win, with the queen-third sitting as it was in front of the king-jack- third. If only there was something he could do to tip the odds slightly in his favor and away from the winning line. Suddenly he found the answer. On the fourth trump Robson discarded --- the 7!"
"Just consider the possibility this opened up for Sontag. If North started with 1097, South's queen could now be captured by leading the J from dummy and letting it ride if Shugart ducked. If Shugart covered, Sontag would win with the ace, Robson's 9 (or 10) falling, and a second to the king would bring down Robson's other intermediate, setting up Sontag's 8."
"Sure enough, Sontag worked this out and led the J from dummy (he could have led the K first and Robson would have followed with the 9). When Shugart played low Sontag let it ride and Robson won his queen. He then cashed a second and the defense eventually came to two tricks to add to the two and one they had already scored for down one, minus 100."
Alan Sontag ,the expert, took wrong line in play where a player of lesser calibre may have persisted with the right option ie finesse even on discard.
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