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I was sitting North on this deal:

North
542
AQ104
AKQ
KJ9
W
N
E
S
P
P
1
P
1
P
2NT
P
3
P
3
P
3NT
P
?

My 1 opener can be as few as one club, 11+ hcp no better bid. It is forcing.

The 1 response is natural and my 2NT shows 18/19 hcp.

My partner bid 3 and West asked what it means. I replied "asking if I have 4 hearts or 3 spades".

West then said "So nothing about clubs then?". To which I obviously replied "No".

I showed my heart suit and partner rebid 3NT implying they have 5 spades.

What do you do now?

The opps were not a strong pair but seemed a bit 'full of themselves'.

I could have called the director but decided not to.

The room contract was obviously going to be 4 but I was sitting there with KJ9 and was pretty sure I would get a club lead.

So I passed 3NT.

East led Q and I nearly fell off my chair!

See next page for the full hand.

West
107
J6
7542
A8542
North
542
AQ104
AKQ
KJ9
East
J98
K987
J63
Q76
South
AKQ63
532
1098
103
W
N
E
S
 
P
P
1
P
1
P
2N
P
3
P
3
P
3N
P
P
P
D
3NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0

I won the opening lead in hand, crossed to dummy with a spade and finessed the 10, losing to East's K.

East returned 6 and West had a quandary. If they take the Ace now that is all they get, so they ducked!

3NT+3 was a World and Olympic record for the hand.

(I did inform the director later).

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