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Common Game 2017-12-02 Board 1
West
KQ95
10973
10983
10
North
A3
A4
AJ76
AK963
East
1042
KQJ2
54
QJ75
South
J876
865
KQ2
842
D
1
West
North
East
South
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

There are those who would question using Stayman holding a 4333 hand, but my simulations of many thousands of hands at various levels of total partnership HCP do not support any significant conclusions one way or the other. If you feel strongly about it, just bid 3NT. If your partnership might have a small doubleton and still open 2NT, perhaps you should use Stayman more often.

East has a normal heart lead and there just are not enough tricks for North to fulfill the rather normal game contract. Fear not: playing matchpoints, virtually every pair will be in 3NT with the same unfortunate result. North might have some hope when the heart suit splits 4-4, for then a 3-2 club split will bring home the contract.

Alas. . . But the matchpoints should be only an iota below average,

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