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Common Game 2019-02-02 Board 9
West
J532
10954
7642
7
North
Q76
K832
Q5
J1084
East
AK10984
AQ
K93
A9
South
J76
AJ108
KQ6532
D
9
West
North
East
South
P
1
2
3
P
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

A jump raise in competition is preemptive, not a limit raise or values, and West's hand qualifies! Four trumps and a singleton should suffice for the bid. I read once, was converted, and am a believer, that failure to raise partner with four trumps is a criminal offense.

So for those who still play in the mid-twentieth century style, where a jump raise is forcing or at least of limit raise value, what to do when you hold values and support? CUE BID! That shows limit raise or game values plus support. Or make a simple raise as if you had the auction 1 - P - 2.

Then what to do when holding good values and your own suit? A) bid the suit with constructive values, or make a jump shift with a really good six card suit and intermediate values. YES, it is at least a one-round force. You could look it up.

So a jump raise is preemptive, and West hoped to give partner a couple of club tricks along with trump comfort, but alas, there is but one club ruff and the game, reasonably bid by East with his "five-loser" hand, will fail by one trick -- West needed a second entry to take both winning finesses -- pick the heart finesse or the spade finesse, because you have only one dummy entry.

Unlucky for East, perhaps. With the heart finesse working, all you really needed was trumps 2-1.

Meanwhile, plus 100 is not a good board for NS in theory, for 4 makes for plus 130!!

It pays to bid your big fits -- sometimes in odd ways. See Law of Total Tricks!

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