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Common Game 2019-02-12 Board 4
West
AQ86
J9742
84
86
North
J75
63
AQ52
A943
East
109432
K85
76
KQ2
South
K
AQ10
KJ1093
J1075
D
4
West
North
East
South
P
P
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3
P
3
P
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

This deal is tricky. If after first passing, North responds 2NT showing a balanced hand with 10-11 high card points without either major suit stopped the auction could easily reach 3NT.

Bidding: In the auction here, North responds to 1 with 2, as an inverted minor suit raise showing 4 diamonds and limit raise values. All bidding after 2 are system bids. South's bid of 2 shows a heart stopper and denies a spade stopper, otherwise, South would bid 2NT. North's rebid of 3 shows a club stopper and denies a spade stopper, otherwise, North would have rebid 3NT. South's bid of 3 shows suit length and basically says no place to go, North could easily pass 3 but makes valiant effort of 3 asking if South has a half of stopper in spades. With Kx South would bid 3NT but with K singleton bids 4.

Play: Declarer (South) wins the opening lead of a heart in hand and crosses to dummy in diamonds (trump) and immediately leads up to the K hoping to slip the king through. West wins the A and seeing the J in dummy leads another heart which does not really do any damage. South pulls one more round of trump and gives up two clubs, losing 1 spade and 2 clubs, making 4.

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

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