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Common Game 2017-01-21 Board 14
West
J2
9763
J1043
754
North
AK73
842
9
A10832
East
954
105
Q82
KQJ96
South
Q1086
AKQJ
AK765
D
14
West
North
East
South
P
1
P
1
P
4
P
5
P
5NT
P
7
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

When North responds 1, South has a confirmed monster three loser hand, and that's pessimistic, for there are plenty opportunities to avoid diamond losers, so long as the adverse distribution is not horrendous. Two potential spade losers must be accounted for, however, and there is a nice convention, the Grand Slam Force, to take care of that issue. 5NT in a constructive, fit agreed, auction not preceded by 4NT as Blackwood asks for trump quality. Specifically, as originally constructed by Ely Culbertson, the convention requires partner to bid a grand slam with two of the top three honors. Here the use of the convention makes sense, and produces the desired result.

The play's a snap, for one of South's diamonds goes on the A and two can be ruffed when trumps are 3-2.

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