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Common Game 2020-02-04 Board 2
West
K95
1072
5
AJ9875
North
A73
83
AK109643
Q
East
82
AKQJ
J872
K104
South
QJ1064
9654
Q
632
D
2
West
North
East
South
1
P
1NT
3
P
P
P

Analysis by Michael Berkowitz

East opens 1. In 3rd or 4th seat, I'd open 1 but not 1st. South shouldn't overcall at this vulnerability. West bids 1NT and now North jumps in with 3. East passes and South hopes that partner isn't making some kind of Western cuebid. It shouldn't be since North could double and bid a suit to make life easier for partner. Sometimes you have to use logic to interpret partner's bid. Also, on this auction, it's very unlikely that North has a running club suit as West usually holds clubs for a 1NT call. South passes. West could now balance with a takeout double, but wouldn't be very happy if partner decided to pass. I think pass is reasonable playing against vulnerable opponents.

The play in 3 isn't that complicated. Declarer will lose one diamond, two hearts and a club. It's hard to see declarer finding a way to lose more than that. In principle, though, after three rounds of hearts to start, declarer should play a club early so that she can get back to her hand after taking some spade finesses. See the problem if declarer plays a diamond to dummy, and takes two spade finesses, she has to find a safe way back to hand that doesn't allow East to overruff. Here, it doesn't matter because if the East ruffs out the third spade, it's with a natural trump trick.

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