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Common Game 2018-02-05 Board 23
West
K1098
QJ7543
A5
Q
North
J42
108
K9874
765
East
Q65
AK96
102
J1083
South
A73
2
QJ63
AK942
D
23
West
North
East
South
1
1
P
2
P
4
P
P
P

Analysis by (Unknown User)

With this hand pattern, some people might consider opening 1 to avoid rebid problems but the good club suit persuades us to open 1. The rest of the bidding is normal: West’s 6-4 shape compensates for the lack of extra high cards.

Depending on how the defense goes, West may have to guess the location of the J to make the contract. North will likely lead clubs (partner's suit) and South should not play North for a singleton because West is much more likely to be jumping to game with singleton Q than Qxx. On the natural diamond shift, West should win, draw trump, and lead a diamond from hand. North now has to step up with K or South will be endplayed. When North exits a club, declarer is down to the spade guess. A misguess will lead to defeat and a well-deserved great board for North-South.

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