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Common Game 2017-12-30 Board 7
West
1076
Q76
J53
AK104
North
9853
K43
AK1094
7
East
KJ2
J92
Q72
Q863
South
AQ4
A1085
86
J952
D
7
West
North
East
South
P
P
1
P
1
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

Although both North and South get an "11" on the K&R evaluation scale, I prefer North's distributionally attractive hand with four spades to South's balanced hand. Thus the auction shown beginning with South's pass and North's 1.

Whether the 4-3 spade fit plays better than the 4-3 heart fit is beyond the scope of the bidding, and gets into play theory. Usually one would choose to play the contract in which the first ruffs can be taken with the "short trump" hand. Here, however, if you exaggerate that process, North's taking club ruffs with spades as trumps leads to a dummy reversal!

Be sure not to pass out hands when the major suits will make appropriate trump suits with some distributional features present.

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