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Common Game 2020-05-19 Board 5
West
A86
65
9864
Q653
North
J10752
J98
K5
K42
East
AQ10742
AQJ73
J9
South
KQ943
K3
102
A1087
D
5
West
North
East
South
P
1
1

Analysis by Michael Berkowitz

North passes and East opens 1. South overcalls 1. West might bid 1NT or make a Negative Double . At this vulnerability, I wouldn't pass. North should jump, but I don't like jumping to 4 at this vulnerability. 3 by North is enough. East isn't going to be happy. Depending on partner's choice, she might bid 4 or 4. Tough auction to predict. I could see tables getting to the 5-level pretty easily.

If East-West get to 4, they are probably going to make it. A spade lead seems likely, with West winning the A and East pitching a club. Now declarer needs to guess how to play the other suits. We can see that a heart to the Q is the only losing choice. With a weak jump by North, I think I'd play a heart to the 10, but it's definitely a guess.

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