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Common Game 2017-05-30 Board 2
West
AKQ653
A
97432
J
North
4
Q1075
KJ
Q98764
East
J72
3
A1086
A10532
South
1098
KJ98642
Q5
K
D
2
West
North
East
South
P
P
1
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

Another third seat opening contract. As such, this may be difficult to get to slam.

Bidding: West open's the bidding in third seat 1. This time East uses Drury to force the auction, 2 is a a 3-card limit raise (or better) asking opener to further define his hand. In response to 2 West bids 3 (2 would have been artificial) showing a second suit in diamonds. East raises to 4 ... let me STOP here for a moment. With East's Drury bid the trump suit has been established as spades, ALL subsequent bidding is helping the partnership form a contract, BUT the final contract will be in spades. So after 3 - 4, the partnership knows they have a two-suited fit in spades and diamonds. West further knows that with two singletons West has a powerful 4 loser hand and goes slamming with 4NT as RKC Blackwood for spades. East responds 5 showing both the A and the A and West is happy to bid 6.

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Play: I had a discussion from last week's write ups (on Bridge Winners) about "good slams" vs. "bad slams" ... all this slam needs is for diamonds to split 2-2. When 9 cards are known missing 4 cards what is the percentage the missing cards will split 2-2 (40.70%) and thus, that is the percentage of making this slam. Sooo Douglas Winship this is a 41% slam. The standard under which I judge good slams vs. bad slams comes from Ron Klinerger, in short 50% is a good slam, so this is not a good slam to bid. In the auction presented here West's bid of 3 was not a good bid because it was not a suit with values, just length. Give West K9743 and it makes the world of difference.

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