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Superbowl Homework

The USBF juniors I mentor normally practice on Sunday nights, but given the Superbowl, we cancelled practice.  I sent the following to my group.

"I know we have a week off but I thought I would share with you an interesting deal as "Homework." Imagine you are playing in a top flight regional KO. It is an early board with not much having gone either way. "You" actually happened to be a former Blue Ribbon pairs winner and your partner won a world championship. Your opponents are not grand life masters.

Both sides vul. You are dealer. You pick up: Q, AJTx, QJT9x, AKx and the auction proceeds 1D-(1S)-DBL-(P) to you. You bid 4H which ends the auction.

Partner tables xxx , KQx, Ax, J7xxx and says "Sorry." (Thoughts on DBL?)

North
xxx
KQx
Ax
J7xxx
South
Q
AJ10x
QJ109x
AKx
W
N
E
S
1
1
X
P
4
P
P
P

Opening lead is top spade, second top spade which you ruff. You play Q which holds, diamond to the A (RHO showing a doubleton), club to the A and LHO's Q. You play J, covered by the K and ruffed with the K as RHO pitches a spade. You play Q, A, J as LHO follows twice and pitches a spade.

 

North
J7xx
South
10x
Kx

Have you been counting? What is your play?

(To me, this is bridge. You cannot be a passive reader. Go back and read it again, slowly, putting a card in each of 4 boxes (NESW) as they are played. Visualize it. Count it again.)

No junior has every correctly solved this problem. Free beer to the first correct answer that includes the correct reason why." (The beer has now been claimed.)

You are being asked to vote twice.  First vote is for what you think North should bid over 1S.  Second is what card South should play in the four card end position.

Please select up to 2 choices.

Pass
1NT
DBL
2C
Other
Diamond T
CK
Other

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