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Common Game 2018-12-11 Board 1
West
A7
KQ753
K1082
AK
North
K106
4
A7
J1095432
East
Q43
AJ862
J65
87
South
J9852
109
Q943
Q6
D
1
West
North
East
South
3
P
P
X
P
3
P
4
P
4
P
P
P

Analysis by Fred Ferguson

We start off this week with an interesting deal. I don't know how many players would preempt 3 in first seat holding J1095432, but I am seeing more and more undisciplined players today (it is worse than slow play).

Bidding: North with 8 high card points and a not so pretty club suit J1095432 preempts opening the bidding 3. East and South pass. An argument could be made that West, with an easy rebid in diamonds, should maybe bid 3, but that would not show the values of West hand. West with 19 hcp clearly has enough values to double before bidding suits naturally. In response to 3x East bids 3 and West with revaluation has 21 support points for hearts, and makes a valiant effort for slam and cuebids 4. East really has no interest in slam, and no ace or king to control bid, so bids 4.

Play: South makes the opening lead of the Q, and as it turns out this lead does not hurt the defense on this deal. Declarer (East) tries to throw North into the lead with the A to end play North to lead away from the K, but North has an exit card of the 7. North/South always have the right to win the A and K on a spade opening lead, but with the crappy bid of 3 and South's opening lead of the Q, N/S get away with a dangerous situation.

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

If you have a question or deal you would like to add to this week's analysis, email me or post questions on Bridge Winners.

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