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N


A K Q 7

K J 9 5 2

J 8 6 5


S

7 5 2

T 9 8 5 4 3

Q 8 3

4


W

A K T 9 6 3


A 7 6

A K T 3


E

Q J 8 4

J 6 2

T 4

Q 9 7 2

Hand

E1

Context

Kidney Research Sims - July 2010

Dealer

West

Methods

One strong bid

Vulnerability

EW



One strong bid

Not everyone will recommend a strong two opening on this West hand worth just eight playing tricks, but for me it is by far the best way to get the hand off your chest at an early stage.

North is tempted to interfere at once, but he is both too good and not sufficiently concentrated to do so.  An immediate overcall of the artificial strong bid will normally be obstructive rather than constructive in nature.

East relays, and South remains quiet with such a poor suit quality.

Once West has shown his suit North has a natural take-out double, after which South should compete to at least the five-level with the vulnerability in his favour.

W

N

E

S

2

-

2

-

2

x

3♠/

4

5

5

-

-

-

What happens?


Spades is always making eleven tricks - twelve if declarer can read South for both majors and catch the J in the North hand.

Meanwhile NS can make ten tricks making a sacrifice at any level a good investment.

Hand D2

Hand F1

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