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Follies of Youth, or Youthful Follies?

Tehminkeh
102
J1095
A
A109865
Olien
Q96
A7
K987654
Q
Dude2010
AKJ8743
J2
KJ74
Mtvesuvius
5
KQ86432
Q103
32
W
N
E
S
2
2
5
5
6
6
7
P
P
X
XX
P
P
P
D
24
7XX West
NS: 0 EW: 0
A
4
2
5
2
0
1
K
2
5
Q
2
0
2
7
3
10
4
0
0
3
10
6
A
5
2
0
4
K
3
2
9
2
0
5
13 tricks claimed
E/W +1960
5

This hand was recently played on BBO by four of America's best junior players. The auction bears some explaining, for thoseuninitiated in the bidding techniques of top-level junior bridge.

2.West's openingwas Fantunes style --showing approximately 10-13 HCP and 5-6 clubs.

2.North's overcallwas, by junior standards, both sedate and calm. North must be mellowing as he approaches legal drinking age.

5. East made the obvious call: fakeExclusion Blackwood of course. Exclusion Blackwood asks for keycards outside the bid suit and normally promises a void in the bid suit. Some might think 5 was just a typo, but East was looking deeply into the hand. He saw that facing AQxxx(x) his partner would be able to develop the spade suit by ruffing and could also ruff hearts in dummy. 13 tricks looked likely if he could prevent a diamond lead.

5. South, to whom auctions like this are second nature, showed his suit to trying to clue partner to the reallocation of East's void.

6. West, who knewthe exclusion bid was as likely to be fake as to be real, bid a slam. 6 may even have shown the diamond ace and requested 7 if the exclusion bidder really held a heart void! (That tapping sound is juniors adding thistreatment to system notes on their iphones.)

7. East puts in a healthy raise.

X. North, who knew BS when he heard it, but hadn't gotten the complete picture decided to double.

XX. East goes all in.

North probably felt sick when his heart ace was ruffed in dummy. He may have felt some relief when he saw the Ain declarer's hand, which meant7 had been cold all along. Unfortunately, defending7 redoubled making 7 is rarely a good score and when no other pair bid even a small slam, NS lost 16.4 IMPs. Ouch. At least there were no redoubled overtricks!

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