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Common Game 2017-12-02 Board 2
West
A7
J87
K108763
Q5
North
KQ10
AQ954
Q2
K96
East
5
1062
J9
J1087432
South
J986432
K3
A54
A
D
2
West
North
East
South
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

Jumping to five of the agreed trump suit seems antiquated these days with RKCB available, but that method still takes several bids to extract the information, and by then the opponents have time to double or develop more of a picture about the hand for a "killing lead."

Well, North has good spades and remembers the old ways, so 6 is easily reached.

On a diamond lead from West, the Q holds, so there is no threat -- just draw trumps, losing to the trump ace, and leisurely take the rest.

Mind you, the diamond lead did NOT give away the setting trick -- South's diamonds were going bye-bye on the hearts even if the diamond suit were distributed differently and adversely for declarer. So the lead away from the K did NOT cause the contract to make, and was actually a good shot -- nay, the BEST shot -- at setting the contract. East might have had a second trump and diamond less, for another way to hope for a set. Just not today.

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