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Beautifully bid to lose 14 imps
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Playing in the semifinals of the Bermuda Bowl, down about 60 imps but lots of boards left, both vul. you pick up a pretty good hand only to hear LHO open a multi 2 and your RHO bid 3 pass or correct.

Dwyer
9
872
AKQ87
AKQ4
W
N
E
S
P
2
X
3
P
P
?

 

 

You choose 4NT.

Now forget the North hand and think about what you would bid on the other side of the table

Barthurst
A83
A5
9642
10853
W
N
E
S
P
2
X
3
P
P
4NT
P

When partner asks you to bid a minor at the five level and you have four card support for both plus both major suit aces, you know you want to be in slam, maybe even a grand. So you cuebid and then stop in six.

How do you like this contract? Without any bidding it is 61% that clubs will be 3-2 and diamonds not 4-0.

Dwyer
9
872
AKQ87
AKQ4
Barthurst
A83
A5
9642
10853
W
N
E
S
P
2
X
3
P
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

 

OK forget everything up to now. You are East playing the Fantunes. You open a weak two and lead your suit against 3NT. Plan your defence. Your carding is upside down.

 

West
K72
QJ10943
J1053
Fantoni
9
872
AKQ87
AKQ4
East
Nunes
W
N
E
S
P
2
3
3
3NT
P
P
P
D
23
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
K
A
3
1
0
2
5
A
4
1
2
0
A
2
3
7
1
3
0
K
6
5
2
1
4
0
Q
7
8
3
1
5
0
9
Q
A
K
3
6
0
4
J
K
6
1
7
0
7
6
5
9 tricks claimed
N/S +600
8

Did you throw heart winners to keep two low spades as East? If not you lose 14 imps when teammates bid the terrific slam and go down three. Mind you Nunes had to read the ending to make 3NT, but of course he did:

West
K72
QJ10943
J1053
Fantoni
9
872
AKQ87
AKQ4
East
QJ10654
K6
J9762
Nunes
A83
A5
9642
10853
W
N
E
S
P
2
3
3
3NT
P
P
P
D
23
3NT South
NS: 0 EW: 0
J
2
K
A
3
1
0
2
5
A
4
1
2
0
A
2
3
7
1
3
0
K
6
5
2
1
4
0
Q
7
8
3
1
5
0
9
Q
A
K
3
6
0
4
J
K
6
1
7
0
7
6
5
9 tricks claimed
N/S +600
8

 

 

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