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Common Game 2018-01-13 Board 7
West
65
K64
KQ952
KQ6
North
A7
QJ72
864
A1097
East
J82
85
AJ1073
J84
South
KQ10943
A1093
532
D
7
West
North
East
South
1
2
X
4
P
P
X
P
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

Surely South's hand constitutes an opening bid: two quick tricks, ten major suit cards, an offensive evaluation of 17.60 on the Kaplan Rubens hand evaluator -- enter the hand online at
http://www.jeff-goldsmith.org/cgi-bin/knr.cgi to see the computerized mathematical evaluation of Edgar Kaplan.

West has a borderline overcall with just a five card suit and the questionable K, but almost all will make the 2 bid. Having opened a nine HCP hand, South should be expecting a lot of bidding and will see it, when East raises to 4, preemptively (no outside values). North will not allow that to pass and will express his values with a reopening double, forcing South to act. South offers 4 as a contract and now the spotlight shifts to West for a final result. 5 works best, but it would be understandable for West to fear an 800 number, so passing is not at all unexpected. East has no singleton, which might justify a sacrifice, but having once described his hand, should also subside. The reasons that 5 doubled is the best contract are threefold: The fortunate placement of the K relative to the ace, the blending of the J with two, count 'em, two, club honors in the west hand, and the lack of a club ruff by NS.

So after a lively auction, 4 should be the final contract. Making that contract should be relatively easy: ruff the opening diamond lead and lead a heart -- any old heart will do, either the ace and another, or a low heart, probably a bit more precise, conceding the inevitable trump loser while maintaining control. The best that EW can to is to get their two club tricks and one trump.

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