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Common Game 2018-02-10 Board 4
West
AQ7
J7432
K93
J4
North
J103
AK10985
10865
East
K65
Q6
Q4
AK9865
South
9842
AJ72
Q10732
D
4
West
North
East
South
P
2
3
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

West's fourth round heart stopper along with ten other HCPs, but the result shouldn't be favorable. The good news is that down one in 3NT will be the same score as down one in 3. Really, the horrid club break is quite unlucky!

However, 3 does have a small chance of success if East leads the A or rises with the ace when East leads low toward the king. The A must be preserved to capture an honor, lest a heart loser be pitched on the K.

3 is likely to make a few times, for a good score. 3NT does not seem to stand a chance against calm defense.

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