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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


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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