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An unlucky hand
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OK - you've organised the movement, moved pairs as necessary, started the bridgemates and sit down to board 1 as South.

 

South
A102
A97
52
AQ1065
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
?

 

Bidding style is Acol (4 card majors, weakish NT)

Your call.

This starts to look promising - partner is going to have 6 diamonds (at least) and a pretty strong hand. Maybe we can bring out the old RKCB.

 

South
A102
A97
52
AQ1065
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4NT
P
5
P
?

 

Partner's Diamonds are (at least) AKQXXX). If he has the K then we could make a few club tricks as well. (it is unlikely that partner has a 4-card major since he didn't bid it over 2, so he will have 2 clubs at least.)

 

Fortunately you can now bid 5NT - partner will show K if he has it, or just bid 6. If he has K then there is a pretty good chance you can make 6 diamonds, 5 clubs and 2 Aces.

North
J8
84
AKQ1074
K98
South
A102
A97
52
AQ1065
W
N
E
S
1
P
2
P
3
P
4NT
P
5
P
5NT
P
6
P
7NT
?

 

With both minor suits splitting 3-2, the grand walks home as planned (OK it is just about a 50% chance, (diamonds 3-2 and (clubs-3-2 or we guess which way to play for a 4-1 split) but only a club event)

Why was this unlucky?

Everyone else played in 3NT making anything from 11 to 13 tricks (although it seems impossible to not make 13 tricks, this is a bridge club (of overall an above-average standard! - EBU ranking 54.43). Simply bidding 6 would have obtained the same result.

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