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Common Game 2015-09-25 Board 5
West
Q10
975
Q10874
QJ4
North
A642
KQ43
K93
76
East
987
J862
52
K1053
South
KJ53
A10
AJ6
A982
D
5

Analysis by Robert Todd

North opens 1, so South starts with 1. North bumps that to 2, and South is off and running. South has a nice hand, but it doesn't sound like partner has much extra, so he can probably just make a mild move towards slam, but unless partner gets excited by that (say a 3 game try, which partner won't even take to game), he'll just sign off in game.
The loser the declarer has to worry about is the small , but he does also have to navigate the trump suit. When West plays the T on the first round, declarer has to realize that if that was West's only one, finessing doesn't really help because he also is missing the 987, so he might as well play for the QT as he needs it. Then he can pitch a losing on the long , ruff 2 on the dummy, and then pull the last trump with his J. But that's a pretty careful line of play to find and take, so it's more likely most declarers will just make 11 tricks (or even 10.)

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