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Common Game 2018-04-07 Board 4
West
KQ108
K6
KQ9853
6
North
J74
542
74
QJ974
East
52
A103
A1062
A532
South
A963
QJ987
J
K108
D
4
West
North
East
South
1
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

Many partnerships play that ANY three-level bid after an inverted minor raise shows a singleton. This NS pair does play with that understanding, and 3 by East shows a lack of desire to play 3NT as well as some useful value in hearts. Whether it is a control or not is debatable, but it might be. West might well not bid 4, Minorwood, but just to see what is happening, 3 can act as a waiting bid. East hears West describing a promising unbalanced hand and should show the club ace rather than an unimaginative and misdirected 3NT. Yes, that is a club stopper, but three aces are much more offensive in aspect than might be inferred from a 3NT bid. 4 is aggressive, and three aces deserve to be bid aggressively/descriptively.

4 is Minorwood, and three keycards/aces make this hand a beautiful thing.

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