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Common Game 2017-03-26 Board 1
West
76542
AK10
AK74
J
North
A9
65
J985
AQ1085
East
KQJ3
J983
32
K76
South
108
Q742
Q106
9432
D
1
West
North
East
South
1
P
P
X
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Oren Kriegel

There are plenty of marginal bidding decisions on this deal.

North's 1 opening: Normal, but some super-sound openers might pass, and some twisted souls might open 1. Don't get me started--I can't say enough negative things about opening 1 on this hand.

East's first pass: Normal. If tempted to act, resist the urge. If you can't help but get in the auction, overcall your strong four-card suit.

South's first pass: Traditional, but 1 is a reasonable action too, and I might choose it.

West's double: Seems best to me--balancing on five to the seven doesn't strike my fancy, and I have three strong hearts in case partner wants to play in that strain.

After East's cuebid, West's 2 rebid isn't automatic. Ordinarily, a cuebid advance of a takeout double is forcing to suit agreement or game, but there is a strong argument for using a cuebid after a balancing double as a mere one-round force, that is, 2 by doubler would be nonforcing here. If I had that explicit agreement I might feel uneasy about bidding 2--still, I would do it anyway, because I can't reasonably jump to 3 on seven-fifth.

East's 3 bid: Clear if 2 is forcing and also if it's ambiguous. East should probably pass if 2 is nonforcing by agreement.

West's 4 bid: Clear. 3 is nonforcing, so slam is probably a stretch. Sure, it could be good, e.g. opposite: AQJx QJxx xx xxx, but I wouldn't gamble on it, and slam is terrible if you switch the minors in that construction.

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