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West
J10
xx
Q10xx
A10xxx
East
K8xxx
A10xx
AJx
x
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
X
P
3
P
P
P

Matchpoint Pairs, Tarrytown, NY Regional.  1/25/2018 afternoon session, board 20.

playing Standard 2/1.   Down 2 red in 3D was a poor result.  

West’s responsive double was light, albeit with near perfect shape, spade tolerance and 3 10s, perhaps reasonable!?

East’s Bid of 3D was one of several options, including Pass, 2S and 2NT, all of which are flawed.

Part of the result was due to NS quietly defending with 21HCP and no 8 card fit.  ( Qx !KQJ9x 9x KJ9x. Oppos.  A9xx xx K987 Qxx ).  Didn’t want to give opposing hands above to bias the votes.

How would you “assess the blame“ here?

 

 

 

100% to West
Mostly to West
50:50
Mostly to East
100% to East
No blame just bad luck
100% to NS for superior judgment (although doubling 3D would be better)
Other- because! Please explain.

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