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Common Game 2019-03-05 Board 12
West
AK543
953
J94
42
North
2
J108
AK102
KJ1076
East
QJ76
7
Q8753
Q93
South
1098
AKQ642
6
A85
D
12
West
North
East
South
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2NT
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

This deal continues the discussion of 3-card rebid raises (see Board 1).

Bidding: North deals and with 12 high card points and 7 losers opens the bidding 1 and South with 13 hcp and 6 losers responds 1 F1 . Some might have West overcalling 1, but in an auction where neither opponent has yet limited his hand, West passes in the auction here.� North with 3-card support raised to 2. South bids 2NT (Spiral) as artificial asking North to further define his hand. North's bid of 3 is 3-card support and with 15 support points shows maximal values. South's bid of 4 is a control bid North's 4 is a control bid and South's 4 is nothing else to control. The magic bid in the auction is North's bid of 5 showing second round control in diamonds and most likely the shape of 1-3-4-5 with a singleton spade. South now bids 6.

� If West does bid in this auction, it actually makes it easier for North to cuebid 4 instead of 5.

Play: With the lead of the 4 there is not much to the play of this deal picking up the Q. Without the lead of a club, declarer (South) must find the Q.

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