BAM Bd 20 Final Set
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South
Q10
Q
AKQ10765
AK6
W
N
E
S
2
P
P
?
As you wonder how you are going to handle this promising hand, you remember your LHO is very aggressive, almost to the point that an initial pass would deny a 5-card suit (ok, 6 for s). Sure enough, it is 2 passed to you, a different problem. What do you do? (don't choose 4, that would be leaping michaels, s+s)

West
North
J9765
10876
Q932
East
South
Q10
Q
AKQ10765
AK6
W
N
E
S
2
P
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
2
6
K
Q
2
0
1
A
10
3
7
2
0
2
J
Q
5
8
2
0
3
A
5
2
5
2
0
4
7
A
8
2
3
1
4
A
3
6
2
3
2
4
K
J
7
4
3
3
4
9 tricks claimed
N/S +600
7
The answer given when presented as a bidding problem is invariably 3NT. I've always wondered how often 3NT would actually be chosen at the table. Well, you've decided to go for it. LHO takes a while to make his lead. You've been trying to telepathically direct a lead, but no a is led and dummy hits (you can advance through the play in the diagram to get a trick-by-trick feel). The full deal follows next page:

West
K8432
9532
J3
J8
North
J9765
10876
Q932
East
A
AKJ4
9842
10754
South
Q10
Q
AKQ10765
AK6
W
N
E
S
2
P
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Easy auction to the cold game. A win? Different auction at the other table.
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
1NT
P
3NT
P
P
P
In the running for the most unusual unusual NT (I guess just short of being able to double?) -- just another push.