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Common Game 2019-02-19 Board 1
West
754
K952
Q2
10986
North
J986
QJ104
10865
7
East
AQ2
87
AKJ73
KQ5
South
K103
A63
94
AJ432
D
1
West
North
East
South
P
2NT
P
4NT
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

So right off the bat, we might have a tricky deal. East holds 19 high card points , 5 losers and a balanced hand.� If East opens 1, East might have a rebid problem. But in response to 1, East can make a jump rebid of 2NT and in response to 1 or 1NT Forcing East can make a Jump Shift to 3, so maybe things will be ok.

� With 5 losers, some might consider opening East hand 2NT. (see Board 1 from Tuesday 2/12/19). On this deal, however, East might have a bad outcome as West with 5 hcp will force the auction to 3NT.

Bidding: East opens the bidding 1 and South overcalls 2. West passes and North passes, hmmmmmm. On rebid, East could double, but partner will surely bid hearts. East could bid 2, 2NT or 3. With only 3 spades and holding KQx, in the auction here East chooses 2NT and hopes for the best with hearts.

Play: On defense, it is hard for South to find a heart lead from Axx, and thus, South leads the 9 as a benign lead not to give anything away. If South leads a club East can win K in hand and immediately lead a heart up to the K in dummy. In the play of this deal with South overcalling 2 it is not hard to count winners A, K, 5 diamonds and K, for 8 tricks. The only tricky part is collecting your tricks before the opponents can make a run in a long suit, thus, the lead up to the K ASAP.

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Analysis by Raad Bunni

West 4NT asking partner if he is on top of his bid. East with 20 HCP passes. South 4th best lead is logical as E/W did not go into Stayman. Observe a lead will hold declarer to 10 tricks. Declarer will For maximum results should carefully play a low to the A and a looking at the 8 dropping. Plying next the 9 letting it ride. If South has the Q or 10, he must return a . East will have 3, 5, 3 and the A.

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