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Common Game 2019-02-19 Board 10
West
954
98
QJ96
8653
North
10872
KJ54
K872
2
East
AKQJ63
Q6
3
KQ74
South
A10732
A1054
AJ109
D
10
West
North
East
South
1
2
P
3
3
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

Like Board 4, here is a slam that is questionable but not impossible to bid.

Bidding: East deals and with 17 high card points and just 4 losers opens the bidding 1 with the plan on rebid to jump to 3 or depending on the auction maybe make a jump shit into 3. But South overcalls 2 and when West passes North raised to 3. With West passing, East rebids his spades 3 and South with a void in spades bids 4.

North and South each had an opportunity in this auction to maybe push this bidding to slam. After South overcalls 2, North with maybe a little more, say the Q, might have splintered into 4 as game forcing raise in hearts and South would have been excited. After North raises to 3 and East bids 3, South could have made an encouraging bid, depending on agreements of 4 as control bid or 4 as a natural bid or even 4 as a forcing cuebid, in which case North would have been excited.

Play: This is not a hard contract to play, dealer (South) wins the opening diamond lead in hand and crosses to dummy with a heart, then leads a club picking up the Q and then takes a ruffing finesse on the K losing to East. East tries to cash a spade which South trumps and then pulls trumps and everything plays out.

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

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