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Common Game 2018-06-26 Board 7
West
AKJ10
AQ1096
5
J32
North
J87542
1097
K986
East
542
K3
AKQJ862
A
South
Q98763
43
Q10754
D
7
West
North
East
South
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
7
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

The Baby Grand.

Bidding* West opens the bidding 1 and East responds 2 as Two Over One Game Force . West's rebid of 2, depending on partnership agreements, is not technically a Reverse but most partnerships in a game forcing auction take 2 to show some extra values of a solid 14 to 15 high card points . East bid of 3 shows extra length not strength. With nothing else to bid West responds 3 and East's bid of 4 must be a control bid of some kind. East has already shown diamonds to be his suit and is not asking for a preference between diamonds and clubs, so 4 must be a control bid. Again West with nothing to respond shows his heart control. Now the magic bid is East 4NT as RKC Blackwood asking for keycards in hearts. West responds showing 2 keycards A and A and the Q . This is all East needs to know to bid 7.

Some might consider 7NT but any 7-level contract is most likely going to be a top, and 7 is a safer contract in case East needs to ruff to set up the 13th trick.

Play* Nothing to the play of this hand with 13 tricks off the top.

* Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes and the trick-by-trick play on: http://thecommongame.com

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