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Common Game 2018-08-21 Board 3
West
9542
AQ10875
7
Q4
North
A1086
KQ1043
A976
East
Q7
J9642
9
KJ1083
South
KJ3
K3
AJ8652
52
D
3
West
North
East
South
1
2
X
3
4
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

Minor suit slams are maybe the most often missed matchpoints opportunity in duplicate bridge. I went to Craig Gibbons a long time director, teacher, mentor, matchmaker, etc. etc. here on Hilton Head Island one time and said Craig I see that you bid a lot of minor suit slams, how do you bid them ... he said it is easy you reach over into the bidding box and pull out the 6 or 6 bidding card.

Bidding* South deals and opens the bidding 1 and West makes a 2 weak jump overcall. North with 4-spades makes a Negative Double and East raises West preempt of hearts to 3. Some might consider South bidding 3NT to show Kx a stopper in hearts (KJx might be different), but North/South will clearly miss 6. There is no reason to hide a perfectly good 6-card diamond suit ss South bids 4. North bid of 4 is a forcing raise in diamonds and should show a control or shortness in hearts. South could bid 5 but chooses to bid 4 to show a control in spades. Now it is easy for North to bid 6.

Play* The play of 6 is easy, all declarer (South) must do is take a spade finesse for the Q and since West has shone length in hearts, East seems the likely candidate for the spade finesse.

* Bridge Winners can see the bidding footnotes and the trick-by-trick play on: http://thecommongame.com

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