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Answer #48

Three possible hands are given for South, but only one is consistent with their bidding. Which one? What would the others hands have bid differently? Both non-vulnerable.

North   East   South   West


Hand a)
♠ Q J 3
K Q J 5 4 3 2
4 3
Hand b)
♠ K Q 10
A Q 10 5 3 2
6 4 3 2
- -
Hand c)
♠ A 9 3 2
A J 9 8 2
♦ Q
A Q 2


(b) is correct.
  • Naturally there’s an element of guesswork here, but Hand (b) has become massive, for surely partner must have a void diamond. Even 7 could be on facing A and K, but that would be too big a gamble.
  • Hand (a) is far better suited to play than defence with those hearts that will be worth nothing defending 5. But you’d expect to lose perhaps one spade and one diamond, so 5 is sufficient.
  • Hand (c) looks powerful defensively and as it’s normally right to defend at the five-level, I’d double and take what looks like +300 / +500 rather than potentially struggle to make 5.
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