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Common Game 2019-07-29 Board 22
West
108632
J432
KQJ5
North
AKQ9
AQ95
A107
J3
East
J4
K76
986432
104
South
75
108
AKQ987652
D
22
West
North
East
South
P
3NT
P
7NT
P
P
P

Analysis by David Loeb

The Bidding: East is too strong preempt. Opening 5 bypasses 3NT. At tables where North-South play a Gambling 3NT , South opens 3NT. Now North can count 13 tricks. North places the contract in 7NT.

If not playing a gambling 3NT, South is too strong to preempt. Opening 1 gives North-South the chance to determine if a notrump contract is viable. West has a choice between passing, overcalling 1, overcalling 1, or doubling. Overcalling 1 has obstructive value. Overcalling 1 is lead directional. Doubling has the upside of getting 3 suits in play. The hand belongs to North-South. So there is not much upside to a constructive auction. Information revealed in the auction may be helpful to North-South. So passing is reasonable. At tables where West passes, North begins by looking for a major suit fit. After North responds 1, a 2 rebid wouldn't do justice to South's trick taking potential. Jumping to 3 overstates South's HCPs, but seems best because it begins to show South's trick taking potential. North sets clubs as trump, asks for key cards. South isn't eager to use a void showing response because North would not have room to ask for the Queen and also learn the location of the void. Showing 2 key cards with the Queen seems best. North asks for Kings. Some partnerships show "Specific Kings" . Some ask for the number of Kings. Either way, North is guaranteeing all the key cards. South's club length allows South to place the contract at 7NT.

At tables where West doubles 1 and East preempts in diamonds or West obstructs with a 1 overcall, the auction is more difficult for North-South.

The Play: Declares has all the tricks.

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