Mike Cassell has been kibitzing on BBO like thousands of other bridge players around the world. This particular hand decided the Round of 32 match between Nickell and Levine.
One aspect of the hand that Mike did not mention was tempo. I was watching live, and at least 5 minutes passed prior to Zia making his opening lead. In my opinion, and that of many others, declarer might well have assumed that Zia was taking a very long time to consider an underlead of an ace. If that is the case - there could only be one reason why: a void. And after the club 9 switch - the void could only be in diamonds.
The Levine team played extremely well throughout this match. Sometimes, it seems a pity that either team must lose!
Thanks for the hand, Mike - and thanks to all these incredible players for their thrilling play!