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Fantoni-Nunes

Fantunes Travelling the globe in search of disasters where better to stop then the WBF’s current 1st and 2nd-ranked players, Fulvio Fantoni and Claudio Nunes? This deal comes from the 2010 Italian Club Teams Championship Final, which pitted Italy’s top sponsors, Angelini and Lavazza, against one another.

Bocchi
A1096432
932
2
K9
Fantoni
A8754
AQ65
J873
Madala
KQJ
J106
J108
Q654
Nunes
875
KQ
K9743
A102
W
N
E
S
P
1NT
3
X
4
P
P
4NT
P
5
P
P
P
D
23
5 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
3
K
5
1
1
0
4
6
Q
2
3
2
0
7
2
7
J
1
3
0
5
10
K
3
3
4
0
8
3
8
Q
1
5
0
A
J
3
9
1
6
0
5
8
K
2
3
7
0
4
9
6
10
0
7
1
10
7
J
2
3
8
1
7
4
Q
4
2
8
2
5
9 tricks claimed
N/S -200
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Fantunes play 12-14 NTs, which they open on a wide variety of shapes . Fantoni’s double of 3 was for takeout; should it create a force over 4?
Practically, we say yes. Which would bring us to another question: if partner bids 4m over the double, should it be forcing?

What should South do over 4?
South’s hand, with no wasted values opposite partner’s shortness, is very offensive. However, bidding 5 immediately precludes alternative contracts. Perhaps his plan was to give his partner the opportunity to bid 5, or pull a double to 5 (which many play as a slam try).

Should North Double 4 or bid 4NT?
If South’s pass of 4 is forcing, double would likely end the auction. North, with a void and plenty of controls, should have little interest in converting South’s pass to penalties. In these types of situations, how should 4NT be defined?

South’s bid over 4NT?
5 seems inconsistent with the presumed game-plan after the pass of 4. Should North’s 4NT have prevented South from bidding his longest suit?

A common problem against vigorous competition is untangling your side’s best fit. How might Fantunes have improved on this deal? As far as making the contract, well, that's above our pay grade.

We pulled the tape, now we invite you to make the call.

UPDATE : In reply to our enquiry, Fulvio has informed us that Claudio's pass was non-forcing. For their further agreements, see the comments section.
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