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Common Game 2018-02-05 Board 3
West
942
543
J10642
J6
North
AJ763
A102
Q73
73
East
85
QJ876
K8
10542
South
KQ10
K9
A95
AKQ98
D
3
West
North
East
South
2
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
5
P
5NT
P
7
P
P
P

Analysis by (Unknown User)

South’s hand is a monster in support of spades even though it only has a minimum in HCPs. This hand is worth a super-accept in whatever methods you prefer. From there we used 4 to retransfer and then asked for keycards. When all the keycards and trump queen are confirmed, North invites 7 and South happily accepts.

The play in 7 on a non-diamond lead has some options, but we feel the best chance is to assume a 3-2 trump break. We would ruff a heart, draw trumps by overtaking, and then set up clubs with the A still as an entry. However on the J lead, our entry is prematurely removed. Assuming the opening leader doesn’t have the K, we would duck in dummy, ruff out the hearts, and draw the trumps, overtaking the last trump in dummy hoping that trumps are 3-2. We then play off all our trumps hoping that clubs are 3-3, or that the defender with the K also has the club guard. This line makes 13 tricks as the cards lie.

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