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Common Game 2019-02-02 Board 3
West
K854
AQ
AJ106
K62
North
A92
763
KQ853
QJ
East
J10763
J982
97
105
South
Q
K1054
42
A98743
D
3
West
North
East
South
P
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

East has a hand that should bid Stayman, hoping to be able to pass a major suit response (approximately a 60% chance to find one). If West bids one, great. If West does not bid one, agree on the workings of your favorite garbage/crawling/trash Stayman after 2. I like 2, telling partner to pick a major, "darn*@ it!" 2, instead, is the old fashioned 54xx invitational hand. But some prefer that after the 2 denial, 2 is to play, 54xx. Those folks seem happier guaranteeing the 5-2 and hoping for the 5-3 fit, at the expense of a descriptive invitation. For them, they must bid 2NT with the 5=4 major hands, happy for their gains on the weak distributional opportunities.

Pick your poison. Know your options. Talk to your partner.

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