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My first bridge winners article - I hope you enjoy

I finish work at 7pm, leg it to the NSWBA bridge club in Sydney, grab a biscuit or 2 for dinner and get ready to play Board 1 of a 28 Board Knock-out GNOT qualifying match. Switching on from Board 1 after working all day can be difficult, but coming back from a rough start against quality opponents is even harder! And here it is...

East
Q8
KJ65
AKQ76
A8

You open 1 and partner gives you a not game forcing 2. You bid 2, showing extras in our methods, and partner confirms a fit via 3.

Now the decisions start, and the thoroughness of your partnerships agreements might be tested:

Is 3 a cue or bidding out 6/5 in /?

Is 3 a cue or simply patterning out?

4 is clearly a cue, but have you denied a Spade control?

Your bid?

You aren't sure what your partner will take 3 as, you have nothing in spades but strong slam interest. Showing the A should help partner evaluate slam prospects, so you bid 4.

Partner cues 4, you don't know if they think you have denied a control but you can't do much more with no spade control, so bid 5, which partner raises to 6.

Dummy comes down and you have reached a fair spot. 

West
A9
AQ9
932
K9654
East
Q8
KJ65
AKQ76
A8

South leads Q. Given this is dummy's 1st bid suit you infer LHO is either stiff or has QJT to some number and RHO likely singleton.

You win in hand and lay down A, which draws the Ten on your left and the 4 on your right. You momentarily consider other options, but decide to play a second top  on which LHO pitches a spade. It looks as though LHO has length in clubs.

You work through your 12th trick options:

1) No worse than 4/2

2) / squeeze on LHO.

3) RHO has 4 to go with 4 allowing you to pitch a  and then ruff a 

Now you hope the sugar from your biscuit has kicked in because you need to work out if and how to combine your chances... 

I decided to go for option 1, falling back on whichever of options 2 or 3 north let me when they ruffed in on the K. North accurately switched to a spade, and when hearts were 3/3 I was down. The full hand being:

West
A9
AQ9
942
K9654
North
76542
xxx
J853
8
East
Q8
KJ54
AKQ76
A3
South
KJ103
xxx
10
QJ1072
D

Would appreciate people's input on the the highest % line...

Thanks

 

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