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Common Game 2017-12-30 Board 3
West
975
J8752
Q10
Q105
North
AJ842
9653
A986
East
Q1063
AQ10643
74
3
South
K
K9
AKJ82
KJ742
D
3
West
North
East
South
1
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
5NT
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

South has a fair number of high card points, but whether they are working is debatable at the second round of bidding, so a nonjump new suit 2 is enough of a rebid. North has four diamonds, two aces, a void... what more can one ask for an invitational to game bid? South likes the sound of the bidding so much (and has sufficient controls) that he decides to take control with Minorwood. North has two aces and a useful void, and decides to show that by passing by the whole first level of key card responses: My suggested methods are to start over again with 1430 steps, bypassing that first level, so all such steps would show a useful void, and the steps are the usual 1430.

Hence, 5NT shows two key cards without the trump queen and a heart void (the only suit in which a void could be useful).

A small slam is enough for South, and the prediction here is that bidding the slam will be a very fine score, indeed.

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