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Common Game 2017-03-26 Board 3
West
KJ108653
AQ2
6
43
North
A97
KJ763
93
K97
East
Q2
1054
J872
AJ65
South
4
98
AKQ1054
Q1082
D
3
West
North
East
South
1
1
2
P
3
P
P
P

Analysis by Oren Kriegel

Unless East-West play intermediate jump overcall--a good treatment when vulnerable--he is boxed into overcalling 1. That leaves him poorly placed on the actual auction. He defends 3 when he could easily be making a partscore. Luckily, on this deal, his side can't make anything on the 3-level, so he doesn't miss out by being unable to describe his strength and shape right away.

Over North's 2 bid, which is forcing for one round, South rebids his strong diamonds. 3 is nonforcing, as would be 3 and, the way most people play, 2NT. A cuebid wouldn't show (or deny) support for partner's suit--it's an all-purpose bid that opener must start with with any hand-type that can't make an immediate, descriptive, forcing bid.

North has an easy pass of 3. North-South can make 11 tricks in diamonds, but only if they're playing with mirrors. They need to pick up the J and, likely, find the J too. I would be perfectly content to play in 3 and hope to make +130. I would be disappointed to record only +110.

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