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185. November 6, THE HAGUE BIDDING CHALLENGE - 12

Dealer: East
Vul: Both

North





 

West

East

 

-
Q 9 8
K 10 9 8
K Q J 10 7 3

J 6 5 4
A K 10 6
Q 6
A 4 2

 

South

 





 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 

 

 

 

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SOLUTION

Dealer: East
Vul: Both

North

A Q 9 3 2
J 7 4
J 7 4 3
9

 

West

East

 

-
Q 9 8
K 10 9 8
K Q J 10 7 3

J 6 5 4
A K 10 6
Q 6
A 4 2

 

South

 

K 10 8 7
5 3 2
A 5 2
8 6 5

The fit is magical; East-West have just enough to make 6 a good contract. On the lie of the cards, there is only eight tricks in notrump.

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
Pass
Pass
Pass

 
2(2)
4(3)
Pass

 
Pass
Pass
End

1NT(1)
3
6
 

(1) 15-17 HCP

(2) Transfer to clubs

(3) Splinter



Bridge Today, Jul-Aug 2000, Larry Cohen, p. 18

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