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Dealer :West
Vuln : None
BIDDING QUIZ #41

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     North
    A 8 7
    8 7 5
    Q J 8 4
    10 7 6
West
J 10 6 4 3
4 2
A 3
J 9 8 2
East You
9 5
K J 10 6 3
6 5 2
A Q 3
 

   South
    K Q 2
    A Q 9
    K 10 9 7
    K 5 4


Third seat is the seat of sin. You can open a weak
two-bid with a five-card suit very effectively, both
for the lead and for preemption. Partner is aware
that you're in third seat and proceeds with caution.
Notice how the 2 bid worked better than a 1
opening. After 1, South bids 1NT and probably
plays it there (unless West gets the bright idea
to bid 2, which will be doubled, down two). Over
a 2 opening, South had to bid 2NT and North
could not judge whether his 7 points was enough
for game. So he raised to 3NT

South won the first heart lead and played on
diamonds. West won the ace of diamonds and
continued hearts, so East had three heart tricks
set up with the ace of clubs for an entry; down one.
If South ducks the first heart lead, East can defeat
the contract by shifting to clubs. Strangely enough,
declarer could have made the contract by playing
clubs himself! He wins the heart lead, leads a
spade to the dummy and a club to the king; then
he knocks out the ace of diamonds. But who would
dream of this line of play?

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West
pass
pass
 

North
pass
3NT
 

East
2
all pass
 

South
2NT
 
 

Opening lead: 4

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