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Common Game 2019-02-19 Board 4
West
AKJ984
K4
42
AK6
North
Q6
J108632
J73
Q10
East
73
A975
K
985432
South
1052
Q
AQ109865
J7
D
4
West
North
East
South
P
3
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

This is not an easy slam to bid or to make. The double dummy analysis says 6 can be made, but to take 12 tricks: clubs must split 2-2, the Q must be dropped off side and East must have a singleton diamond, holding diamonds to just one loser ... not a very good slam.

Bidding: West deals and with 18 high card points and a good spade suit AKJ984 (give me this hand anytime) opens the bidding 1, North passes and East with 7 hcp and just 2 spades responds 1NT Forcing (1NTF). Not Vulnerable, South might preempt this deal 3, but East/West have not found a fit yet and South's spade holding of 1052 looks deadly, 3 losers double vulnerable, yuk! Give West a singleton diamond and just 4 losers, West might make a forcing Jump Shift to 3, but with 5 losers West makes a jump rebid to 3, showing 16 (good 15) to 18 hcp and good 6+ spades. Now it is easy for East to bid 4.

Move the K in East hand to any other suit, giving East singleton x of diamonds and 7 workable hcp, say AK97, and East might still be bidding.

Play: It is not hard to argue that North might lead the J or the 3, but in the play here North, with no reentry to his hand, tries to help partner with the lead of the Q. So here is how to make 6 ... After winning the opening lead with the A declarer (West) leads a diamond to the singleton K so as to set up a diamond ruff in dummy. Seeing this South wins the A and returns a spade (trump) which declarer wins in hand with the A and then ruffs the last diamond from hand with the last trump in dummy. With no more trump in dummy for a finesse declarer crosses to hand with heart to K and plays spades from top dropping the Q and the 10. The only way to legitimately make 6 is a play like this where there is no other play on spades or to take some kind of safety play.

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

Analysis by Raad Bunni

I believe most North's will open 3s not paying attention to vulnerability. that will shut off all. 2, 1, 2. 1 trick too many.

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