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Common Game 2016-07-23 Board 9
West
K972
J92
J53
J98
North
J
A1086
K102
AK654
East
10653
73
9764
Q73
South
AQ84
KQ54
AQ8
102
D
9
West
North
East
South
1
P
1
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
5NT
P
6
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

Slam auctions can and often must be full of nuanced communication. The 3 rebid shows four trumps and invitational values. 3, 4, and 4 are control bids suggesting slam, after which North has been offered and accepts captaincy with 4NT, 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood . After showing zero or three, the customary continuation is for the asker to "sign off" in five of the major, "just in case" the response showed zero. That is not expected, and the extra room actually gives the Teller the opportunity to show the trump queen along with any side suit kings. Or 5NT without a side king but something of interest.

Here, after 4NT - 5 (0/3); 5 (?) - 5NT (Q, no side kngs); 6 begs for a grand slam should Responder hold the Q!. 6 denies.

North's aggressive grand slam try is justified by the fact that thirteen tricks can actually be taken, but the means for doing so is not in the NS cards (Q South), but in the EW friendly 3-3 club split. It is not wise to bid based on hoped-for friendly distribution of the opponents' cards.

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