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Do not hesitate to tell me if there are any grammar mistakes, my english is far from being good Wink

You're playing German team 3rd divsion, it is the second week end, and you are trying to catch the first rank to go up.

 

South
KQx
x
K98x
AJ10xx
W
N
E
S
1
2
X
P
?

 

What's your call, X being a classical negative double ?

Basically you have two choices : 3 and 2

If your partner has a weak hand, such as :

Axxxx

Kxxx

Qxx

x

It's clearly better to play 2, but the obvious risk is that you may play 4 in 4-3 with a cold 3NT if parther has 12+ and a heart stopper, but are you so scared of it with the heart shortness ?

I chosed 2 after a quick thinking, and here is the following

North
A10xx
AQx
AJ10xx
x
South
KQx
x
K98x
AJ10xx
W
N
E
S
1
2
X
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

Is 4 a cue-bid with the spade fit, or a natural 5-4-3-1 bid ? Anyway, you end up in the wonderful 6 contract, on the friendly K lead.

What's your plan ? 

If you chose to play J, LHO covers it.

East is probably 4-3-3-3, he didn't raise hearts (otherwise bidding may have been harder...).

With that said, I think you couldn't fail on this one with a reasonable line, everything was working.

West
Jxx
Kxxxxx
KQxx
North
A10xx
AQx
AJ10xx
x
East
xxx
Jxx
Qxxx
xxx
South
KQx
x
K98x
AJ10xx
D

On this one, you have to find the best contract to play :

South
xxx
AKxxx
AKQx
J
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1NT
P
2
P
3
P
?

Do you agree with 2 ? You also could have bid 2NT, which was game forcing any 5-4. And now ?

Everything was working (3NT,4,5), but I still don't know what's the best bid there. I chose 3 and ended up at 3NT, but I don't think it was well payed. 3 may hide a hand with a club stopper and no spade one, so they may cash 5 clubs at 3NT when he had 6.

And to finish, a lead problem, 2 showing 5+ a fourth or fifth minor : 

 

South
QJ653
4
K632
A72
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P

West
K8
AKJ982
A97
J5
North
104
Q10543
84
K1083
East
A972
7
QJ105
Q964
South
QJ653
6
K632
A72
W
N
E
S
P
P
2
3
P
3NT
P
P
P
D
3NT East
NS: 0 EW: 0

 

As you can see, declarer is probably going down on a spade lead, otherwise it's easy.

I chose wrongly a diamond lead, thinking that the declarer had multiples spade stoppers, and the hearts were stopped maximum once, so I tried my longest minor, losing IMPs when our partners played a peaceful 2.

Thanks for reading, do not hesitate to give a quick feedback on the boards, I would like to do some more in a near future Smile

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