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Common Game 2013-03-27 Board 2
West
AJ86
AJ5
65
J873
North
KQ953
Q4
KJ
KQ42
East
4
K10972
AQ1092
96
South
1072
863
8743
A105
D
2

Analysis by Kenny Horneman

A variety of results will occur on this hand, depending on the opening bid tendencies of East, West and North. Most players will count their HCP and pass the East hand without much thought, but the hand is a lot better than it first appears. In fact, the East hand has a LTC of only 6, compared to a LTC of 9 in the West hand, which holds two more HCP. Even if East opens the hand, aggressive later bidding will be needed to to get to game. To be fair, game isn't exactly cold looking at just the East and West cards. If East and West both pass, North will open either 1 or 1NT, which will actually make game a much more likely prospect for E/W, but will still be hard to reach. If North opens 1 and East bids 2 as Michaels, would you and your partner know how to invite with game in with the West hand? Many partnerships don't have any firm agreements about that. I like an approach called "Meckwell Advances" where West can bid 3 to invite game in over a Michaels cuebid, but most partnership will not have that available. I suspect that only a small percentage of the field will get to game no matter who first opens the bidding. Some North players will open with 1NT and later feel compelled to bid 2 when East competes and could run into a matchpoint double by West. This will not work out well for North, as only 6 tricks are available. If North is able to escape for -200, it won't be a disaster, since many E/W pairs will make the same score by playing in a partial and making 11 tricks.

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