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N

Q 7 4

T 5

A Q J T 8 4

A Q


S

J T 9 6 5

A 6


K T 9 8 7 3


W

A K 8

Q 9 4 3 2

5 3

J 5 4


E

3 2

K J 8 7

K 9 7 6 2

6 2

Hand

D1

Context

Stafford v Stone friendly match - June 2010

Dealer

East

Methods

Weak two-suited (Muiderberg)

Vulnerability

EW



Weak two-suited (Muiderberg)

South’s 2 promises five spades and at least four cards in an unspecified minor.  The spade quality is disappointing but the length in clubs more than compensates.

North is happy to play in the known 5-3 fit.  If interested in more he can enquire with 2NT getting the almost inevitable club response.  It would be brave to bid on to game at this point.

W

N

E

S



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2

-

-

-






Post-beginner and above

Opening light in third seat

If South passes then West will be sorely tempted to open light in third seat, even when vulnerable.

North can do no more than make a simple overcall, and with stronger bids available East can raise rapidly to the level of the fit.

South would love to speak, but with a misfit for partner his chance has gone.

W

N

E

S



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-

1

2

3

-

-

-



What happens?


EW have little difficulty in making 3, losing just one heart, one diamond and two clubs.


In theory NS can make ten tricks in spades, but declarer will have to get his timing right.  Clubs makes at least eight tricks.

On this deal the early light bid wins on both occasions.

Hand C4

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