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Board 17, The Common Game, Afternoon Session, Feb. 26, 2020

(Why does it seem so much more natural to write 2002 than 2020?)

West
K87
9863
A102
874
North
J965
KQ
9743
J96
East
Q4
J1072
KQJ6
A105
South
A1032
A54
85
KQ32
W
N
E
S
P
1
X
1
1
2
2
P
P
3
P
P
?
D

Partner asks: "How can I get to 3 on this Board?" which seems to be the best NS is doing in this room. I replied, "We really want to be defending 3 x'd for down 2 and a top." I then point out that over 3, she can make a cooperative x saying, "Not sure if playing or defending is right, but defending undoubled seems wrong." I pointed out that the free bid of 1 over 1 seems to offer prospects of more than 1 trick in the N hand.

I think about it some more. Should I not expect more than Jxx in s from partner for her original x? Is it in any way possible that partner has 5 and has PASSed 3? How are the points divided? What kind of shape do the hands around the table have? What is N's best opening lead?

Then I sent her this text message:

Thank you for bringing up Board 17. Very instructive. Several lessons of general applicability: 1) Remember the bidding. Would partner make a takeout x with just Jxx or less in Hs? Probably not this partner; 2) X their 3 level contract with good Trumps and a balanced hand and approximately 20-20 HCP distribution; 3) then lead a trump, no matter how wrong it looks (Jx of trump being a notable exception); 4) After you have spotted partner’s (alleged) error (the easy part) look for your own (the hard work). We should have had a top.

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