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West
A943
Q
KQ43
AK104
East
2
AK10983
AJ107
82

West is dealer; North-South are silent.  E-W play relatively Standard: 4th-suit-forcing to game, with weak jump shift responses and no other relevant gadgets.  The game is matchpoints.  In my club, two of eight pairs bid to 6, with the rest mostly playing in 4.  (You can make 7, but I think you have to play North for Jxxx in hearts and South for both missing club honors.  Making 7 is a snap.)  

A studious pair asked me how to bid the hands, and I had no really good answer.  In particular, it seems that the search for the best strain conflicts with the ability to show extra values, particularly for West.  I welcome suggestions.

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