#8: Did Barry Crane Misdefend This Hand?
At a Sacramento Regional, this was the last hand I ever played against the
undisputed king of the
match-point players, who was sitting west and partnered
by a top player from Denver. South, misinterpreting partner's
4♠ bid by failing to appreciate that he would have splintered
over west's 2♦ with a 4-card spade holding, placed the
contract in the wrong strain.
The opening lead was the ♦10, east contributing the queen. Plan the play.