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Common Game 2018-01-13 Board 4
West
K64
K874
KQJ1072
North
AQ10953
8
A53
963
East
864
AJ1092
QJ
854
South
KJ72
Q753
10962
A
D
4
West
North
East
South
1
1
X
2
X
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

West tries to describe his hand for competitive purposes, but North "sees" the hand pattern better and accepts the invitation. Now, can East or West decide on a sacrifice, whether based on partnership decision or a unilateral blast by West? 5 doubled is the "par result," the best possible result for both sides. The goal, of course, on every hand is to achieve or exceed that result. Getting to game without incurring a sacrifice may be an art form that North can utilize -- instead of bidding 4 directly, perhaps a forcing "invitational bid of 3 or 3 followed by going to game regardless of South's response will kill the opponents' inclination to bid on, whereas an exuberant leap to 4 might convince the opponents of your perception that the game will make.

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