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Common Game 2018-07-16 Board 1
West
643
A74
KQ1075
K7
North
A2
832
J
J986532
East
Q5
965
A932
AQ104
South
KJ10987
KQJ10
864
D
1
West
North
East
South
P
1
1
2
P
3
P
P
P

Analysis by David Loeb

Lynn Berg typically provides analysis for 299ers on boards 1-18. Additionally, analysis for more advanced players is available for boards 1, 4, 6, 8, and 11.

The Bidding: North's weak clubs make a 3 preempt unattractive. After East opens 1, South overcalls 1. West's 2 cue bid shows an invitational or better diamond raise. North has nothing to say. East's 3 bid says they would decline an invitation to game. South's spade and heart texture offer a source of tricks if South can stay in control of the hand. South can infer North's diamond shortness, but cannot be sure North has spade tolerance. South's 3 small diamonds are a negative. Passing seems best. West's 13 Support Points opposite a hand which declined an invitation suggests 5 isn't likely to make. East bypassed the chance to bid 2NT to show a balanced hand with a spade stopper. Passing seems best.

The Play in 3: South is likely to lead the King top of an honor sequence. Now declarer can draw trump and cash the King. When South shows out, declarer has a marked finesse against the Jack. Declarer can discard West's heart losers on their club winners. Declarer scores 11 tricks: 1 + 2 ruffs + 4 + 4. An unlikely spade lead and club shift is needed to hold declarer to 10 tricks.

The Play in 3: West is likely to lead the King, top of an honor sequence. When a singleton diamond tables in dummy, it is common to signal Suit Preference . The 2 would suggest a club preference. The 9 would likely be interpreted as asking for a heart shift. An intermediate card tends to suggest a continuation or a trump switch. Here, the 3 isn't likely to be recognized as an intermediate card. If East reasonably wants a trump switch, overtaking the King and leading a spade is the way to go.

It takes a trump lead to hold declarer to 9 tricks. Without a trump lead, declarer scores 1 or 2 diamonds ruffs. If declarer ruffs 2 diamonds, North will score the Queen. If declarer ruffs only 1 diamond, they will not lose a spade trick. Either way declarer has 10 tricks.

Analysis by Lynn Berg

East opens 1, South bids 1 and West shows a limit raise in diamonds. This comes ack to South: will she bid e or 3? Probably the former with only 10 HCP. West may well go to 4 and buy the hand. With the likely heart lead, East draws trump and uses that third good club to discard a heart. There's no point in throwing a spade since he has only two spades in the closed hand.

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