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I spent a lot of time thinking about my first call on the following deal, holding the South hand:

West
K42
J863
862
753
North
76
Q1054
10743
AQ4
East
AQJ83
A72
Q95
J9
South
1095
K9
AKJ
K10862
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
2
P
3
P
P
P
D
4
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

It reminded me of a Bridge World article by Larry Cohen that suggested modern experts bid on hand like this (weak suit, not a ton of tricks) nobody would have considered a few decades ago. It seemed like terrible players would bid 2 freely, and experts would bid 2 cautiously, and everyone else would pass. I scored +130 for a 69% board.

I mentor some less experienced players, and I inflicted this story on one of them. The following week I played against him on this deal. I was South and he was East:

West
874
863
96
97642
North
KJ109
AKQ109
Q2
J10
East
A32
J52
K10743
AQ
South
Q65
74
AJ85
K853
W
N
E
S
P
1
2
P
P
X
P
P
P
D
16
2X East
NS: 0 EW: 0

Profiting from my instruction, he found the 2 call and handed me 1400.

You get what you pay for...

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