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In the spirit of the old articles in the Bridge World asking to assign the blame for a poor result, I submit the following set of hands:

Vul: N-S                             S AK865

Matchpoints                       H Q3

Dealer: North                     D J942

                                          C A7


                                         S Q4

                                         H K5

                                         D AKQT63

                                         C J54


The bidding proceeded as follows:         North     East     South     West

                                                               1S         3H        4D         Pass

                                                               5D         Pass     Pass      Pass


On a heart lead, east won the ace and declarer drew trumps and claimed twelve tricks when spades divided 4-2 and trumps divided 2-1. This result of +620 was tied for bottom with very few other pairs, as 6D makes and 3NT makes eleven tricks. I invite you to assess the blame between north and south for this poor result.

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