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Common Game 2017-05-27 Board 11
West
KQ10854
3
KQ942
J
North
32
Q104
1083
106543
East
AJ6
A8
A765
K872
South
97
KJ97652
J
AQ9
D
11
West
North
East
South
1
1
P
2
3
4
P
4
P
4NT
P
5
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

Analysis by Craig Hemphill

East's cue bid promises spade support and at least limit raise values, and not just a strong hand. West has choices, but the simplest is simply to launch 1430 Roman Keycard Blackwood with such a powerful playing hand. Otherwise, the choice would be between 4 and 4, depending on whether the expectation at this point is control bidding or source of tricks bidding. To avoid any confusion, and without a sense that either method would serve any purpose at all, just ask for the information you need -- aces?

The 5 1430 response shows 0/3 key cards, and while West hopes, prays, and expects three to be the number, there is a delicate agreement that is in play -- with 0 key cards, East may pass and avert an embarrassing result, but when the higher of the "ambiguous" 0/3 is held, it is required to bid on. Holding true to the method develops firm partnership confidence, and West therefore bids 5, "pass or correct to slam," and is rewarded when East dutifully carries on.

Good job.

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