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West
9765
J2
A10975
43
W
N
E
S
3
4
6
?

In a first-round regional knockout match, you are faced with this decision: Playing 4 as 5-5 or better in and (non-leaping Michaels), should you bid or go quietly? Could 6 be bid to make, or is it an advance sacrifice, asking for a club lead? After some thought, you choose to bid 6 as 'insurance' against the possibility of a make. Only to hear the auction continue P-P-7...

Now comes the hard part: What would your pass or double show or ask? And, if you pass, what would parrner's pass or double show or ask? Or, given the large number of IMPS potentially at risk, do you take your probable minus with a bid of 7?

After more thought, you choose to double, which must be better than passing, as partner might interpret your pass as an invitation showing first-round club control. It also gets you off the hook of trying to interpret partner's double or pass, should you have passed 7.

All pass. Your lead?

This part is easy: The ace most likely to cash is the A. Partner is probably longer in diamonds than spades. And if partner holds any other ace, it can't be lost. The full deal was

West
9765
J2
A10975
43
North
KJ2
KQ87654
J3
10
East
AQ1083
3
KQ8642
5
South
4
A109
AKQJ98762
D

Yes, my partner doubled. But he led the A.Frown

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