Van Learners Bridge Results

April 29, 2024

Section X  North-South
VanLearners Monday Eve Session April 29, 2024
Leaders after  8 rounds  Average:   56.0
Place   Pct   Score  Pair
  1   62.50   70.00   X-2   Barbara Spitz - Jill Price
  2   60.27   67.50   X-5   Amanda Hill - David Hsu
  3   51.34   57.50   X-8   Diane O'Connor - John Fraser
  4   50.00   56.00   X-4   Ian Wong - Alex Douglas
  5   50.00   56.00   X-9   Alexa Allen - Lesley MacKay
  6   48.66   54.50   X-6   Jill Raphael - Howard Raphael
  7   45.09   50.50   X-3   Brenda MacLean-Longpre - Jacquie Brown
  8   44.20   49.50   X-7   Pam Tomlins - Tim Tomlins
  9   37.95   42.50   X-1   Joan Christensen - Carol Ward

Section X  East-West
VanLearners Monday Eve Session April 29, 2024
Leaders after  8 rounds  Average:   56.0
Place   Pct   Score  Pair
  1   65.63   73.50   X-8   Diane Hardouin - Scott Turner
  2   63.84   71.50   X-7   Curtis Ballard - Elizabeth Ballard
  3   58.93   66.00   X-6   Doug Stewart - Louise Forsyth
  4   52.68   59.00   X-4   Vicki Torbett - Linda Collins
  5   49.55   55.50   X-1   Judy Day - Bob Matthews
  6   47.77   53.50   X-3   David Stokes - Donna Bridgeman
  7   41.52   46.50   X-9   Peter George - Marion George
  8   35.27   39.50   X-2   Kelly Anderson - Mike Bow
  9   34.82   39.00   X-5   Zdenka Buric - Ruth Castellino

Congrats to the winners! Nine tables in Section X for the first time!

Didn't do as well as you hoped? Don't worry; there is a large luck factor in short sessions, so there are increased chances of scores outside the normal range of about 35-65%. Things tend to even out over time, but less time means less even-ing out! The important thing is to have fun and let the learning happen by gaining experience as declarer, defender, and even as dummy, and perhaps by reading a little about the hands below!

Our game results are posted online here at ACBL Live For Clubs, shortly after the main game ends.

The deals tonight are OLD. Two weeks ago I had the BridgeMate problem (since solved) and we couldn't use those deals, so we went all the way back to March 9, 2020(!), the last game know.

Below is a full-colour screen version of the comments for each hand. This works best if you have kept score and brought your scorecard home with you so you can check your results against the hand records and see where there is room for improvement. You will find that the simple act of writing down the score on each hand (good or bad) serves as a sort of marker inside your memory that helps you recall later what the issues you thought about while playing that hand were. It's much easier to remember if you have taken the few seconds to write in the contract and the score than to rely on getting your results off the internet. Something happens in those few seconds inside our brains and you'll be surprised at how much you can remember later with the help of a well-filled scoresheet. More on this here

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Board 1
Dealer:♠︎Q7632 Vulnerable:
North♥︎J72 None
♠︎JT9 ♠︎AK85
♥︎63 ♥︎Q98
♦︎Q5432 ♦︎KT87
♣︎764 ♣︎Q8
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎4 Tricks:
7 ♥︎AKT54 NSEW
3 14 ♦︎AJ6NT10933
16 ♣︎KJ92♠︎8855
N-S have 23 combined points♦︎5577
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎121211
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎sQ♦︎+2 480
4♥︎sQ♦︎+2 480
4♥︎sQ♦︎+1 450
3♥︎s9♠︎+1 170
3♥︎s5♦︎+1 170
North passes, East opens 1♦︎, and South overcalls 1♥︎. West may wish to pre-empt in diamonds, but even 3♦︎ might be dangerous if partner has opened on three or four small diamonds, so pass is best. North's seven count with a singleton in diamonds is worth about ten or eleven points, and 3♥︎ or even 2♦︎ is reasonable. South will have no trouble bidding, and making, 4♥︎. Slam? You need to guess the Q♥︎ and the Q♣︎ to make twelve tricks. Not on this deal.
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Board 2
Dealer:♠︎J542 Vulnerable:
East♥︎T874 North-South
♠︎- ♠︎KT973
♥︎KJ93 ♥︎62
♦︎JT98 ♦︎Q62
♣︎AT873 ♣︎K42
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎AQ86 Tricks:
5 ♥︎AQ5 NSEW
9 8 ♦︎A754NT6676
18 ♣︎Q9♠︎8855
N-S have 23 combined points♦︎6677
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎4488
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2♠︎eQ♣︎-3 150
2♠︎eQ♣︎-3 150
1Ns3♥︎= 90
2♠︎sJ♦︎-1 100
2NwT♥︎= 120
East passes and South opens 1♦︎, intending to rebid 2NT to show a balanced hand too strong for 1NT. Yes, even with the Q9♣︎; don't be afraid of such holdings or you'll seldom get a chance to road-test this sequence. West passes, wishing South had chosen 1♠︎ so he could make a takeout double; doubling 1♦︎ would get partner bidding spades. North also passes and East bids 1♠︎ rather than pass it out. South bids 1NT (after partner's pass, the jump is no longer needed), and that should end it: if East persists in spades it is a disaster!
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Board 3
Dealer:♠︎KQT53 Vulnerable:
South♥︎T53 East-West
♠︎J7642 ♠︎A
♥︎J8 ♥︎AQ76
♦︎J74 ♦︎AK8
♣︎K86 ♣︎AT743
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎98 Tricks:
8 ♥︎K942 NSEW
6 21 ♦︎T96NT4499
5 ♣︎Q952♠︎5588
E-W have 27 combined points♦︎5588
Suitable Level: Game♣︎221111
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3Ne9♠︎-2 200
3Ne2♠︎-1 100
3Nw2♦︎= 600
3NwK♠︎= 600
3NeT♦︎= 600
Three passes to East, who opens 2♣︎. South passes and West responds 2♦︎; North tosses in a 2♠︎ call and East has a difficult choice: double, 2NT, 3♣︎? 3♣︎ is probably safest and West converts to 3NT, assuming that partner must have other high cards since only 7 points remain in clubs. 3NT is a bit hairy, but should be makeable if East concentrates on scoring as many club tricks as possible. Four clubs, the A♠︎, AK♦︎ and two hearts is just enough.
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Board 4
Dealer:♠︎KQ53 Vulnerable:
West♥︎KT974 Both
♠︎AJ2 ♠︎T97
♥︎3 ♥︎AQ
♦︎9842 ♦︎AT763
♣︎AKT95 ♣︎Q64
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎864 Tricks:
11 ♥︎J8652 NSEW
12 12 ♦︎KJNT111111
5 ♣︎873♠︎5588
E-W have 24 combined points♦︎111111
Suitable Level: Possible Game♣︎111111
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2♦︎e5♥︎+2 130
2♦︎e4♠︎+3 150
5♣︎wT♥︎= 600
5♦︎e4♠︎+1 620
4♥︎n*4♣︎-3 800
West bids 1♣︎, but not before convincing himself that after 1♣︎ - 1♥︎, 2♣︎ is OK with a suit this strong. With ♠︎AJ2 ♥︎3 ♦︎A842 ♣︎KT952 it might be better to start with 1♦︎ to have a convenient 2♣︎ rebid available: rebidding a minor should be at least a very good five card suit and usually six or more.
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Board 5
Dealer:♠︎642 Vulnerable:
North♥︎AK North-South
♠︎Q875 ♠︎AJT9
♥︎J83 ♥︎T6
♦︎KQ972 ♦︎JT84
♣︎5 ♣︎JT7
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎K3 Tricks:
13 ♥︎Q97542 NSEW
8 7 ♦︎A5NT121200
12 ♣︎K64♠︎5577
N-S have 25 combined points♦︎5577
Suitable Level: Likely Game♣︎121200
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
6♣︎nA♠︎= 1370
4♥︎s5♣︎+3 710
5♣︎nJ♦︎= 600
3♣︎nJ♦︎+4 190
4♠︎e4♥︎-2 100
North opens 1♣︎, East passes, and South bids 1HH. West may decide that his hand is enough for a takeout double, but it looks light to me, and pass is probably best. North rebids 2♣︎, and after East passes, South has to find a descriptive bid that is forcing, with 12 points opposite an opener. 2♥︎ could be passed, as could 3♥︎, or 3♣︎. Only a new suit will do, so 3♦︎ it is. North bids 3♥︎ and South raises to game. Surprise: 13 tricks unless West leads a spade: the A♦︎ and two runnable six-card suits. Who knew?
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Board 6
Dealer:♠︎A95 Vulnerable:
East♥︎732 East-West
♠︎Q7 ♠︎K643
♥︎K854 ♥︎J9
♦︎K962 ♦︎AJT83
♣︎K93 ♣︎Q6
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎JT82 Tricks:
10 ♥︎AQT6 NSEW
11 11 ♦︎7NT5577
8 ♣︎J854♠︎6666
E-W have 22 combined points♦︎331010
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎8844
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3Nw2♣︎-2 200
3♦︎w2♥︎= 110
1Nn8♦︎-3 150
Four passes is a possibility. East is closest to an opener and 1♦︎ on this deal is a winner: E-W can make ten tricks there; rare for a deal often passed out! Usually these often passed out hands feature no fits and points split and few contracts can actually be made beyond the one or two level.
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Board 7
Dealer:♠︎T952 Vulnerable:
South♥︎KQ74 Both
♠︎KJ3 ♠︎764
♥︎A8 ♥︎JT2
♦︎A974 ♦︎Q6
♣︎AJ75 ♣︎QT843
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎AQ8 Tricks:
9 ♥︎9653 NSEW
17 5 ♦︎K832NT5578
9 ♣︎92♠︎7766
E-W have 22 combined points♦︎6767
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎4499
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
1♣︎wT♠︎+2 110
1NwJ♦︎+1 120
1Nw4♥︎+2 150
1Nw4♥︎+3 180
1Nw4♥︎+4 210
South passes and West opens 1NT. Everyone passes and it is a contest of overtricks. Four club tricks and two aces leaves only a lead toward ♠︎KJ3 for a ninth trick. More may come from hearts, if North leads a small one, or spades, if the jack also scores. North, on lead against 1NT, should tend to pick a suit where the highest and second highest cards are adjacent in rank, and lead one, not a small one.
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Board 8
Dealer:♠︎T98754 Vulnerable:
West♥︎J87 None
♠︎- ♠︎AQ632
♥︎KT52 ♥︎AQ963
♦︎AK864 ♦︎972
♣︎KT83 ♣︎-
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎KJ Tricks:
2 ♥︎4 NSEW
13 12 ♦︎QJT3NT331010
13 ♣︎AQ7652♠︎5588
E-W have 25 combined points♦︎221111
Suitable Level: Likely Game♣︎7755
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
6♥︎eA♣︎-1 50
4♥︎w5♦︎= 420
4♥︎eA♣︎+1 450
4♥︎eQ♦︎+1 450
4♥︎eA♣︎+2 480
West opens 1♦︎ as dealer and North passes. East envisions game if a fit can be found, and whereas with four-card suits we normally go up the line, with five-card suits the standard tactic is higher-lower-lower again. So 1♠︎ is the response, but South creates a diversion with a 2♣︎ overcall. West bids 2♥︎ and East has the fit, next question is how high to go. Maybe best, after North passes, is to start with 3♣︎, hear West's next call and then bid 4♥︎. This should show a good hand with heart support, and might get West to go further.
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Board 9
Dealer:♠︎K983 Vulnerable:
North♥︎AQ93 East-West
♠︎A76 ♠︎QJT4
♥︎T ♥︎K654
♦︎QJ953 ♦︎A6
♣︎AJ52 ♣︎T86
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎52 Tricks:
11 ♥︎J872 NSEW
12 10 ♦︎KT74NT5577
7 ♣︎K73♠︎4488
E-W have 22 combined points♦︎5478
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎5588
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3NeJ♥︎-3 300
3♦︎w4♣︎-1 100
2♠︎wA♥︎= 110
2Ne2♥︎= 120
3Nw3♠︎= 600
North is close to an opener but for me it is a pass. East and South also pass and West gets to open 1♦︎ in fourth seat. North makes a takeout double, and East bids 1NT. South tries 2♥︎ and West passes; as a minimum opener pass if you can at your next turn to avoid implying extras. 2♥︎ is passed around to East who tries 2NT and that ends the auction. East should get the K♥︎ and three spades and two aces and needs two more; clubs and diamonds provide opportunities, but it is close.
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Board 10
Dealer:♠︎873 Vulnerable:
East♥︎9754 Both
♠︎QT6 ♠︎K42
♥︎JT2 ♥︎KQ
♦︎72 ♦︎AKJ8
♣︎AK982 ♣︎QT74
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎AJ95 Tricks:
3 ♥︎A863 NSEW
10 18 ♦︎965NT221111
9 ♣︎63♠︎3399
E-W have 28 combined points♦︎331010
Suitable Level: Game♣︎221111
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2Nw7♥︎+2 180
1Nw3♦︎+4 210
3Ne5♠︎+1 630
3Ne9♦︎+2 660
3Ne5♠︎+3 690
East-West have to get to game with 28 combined; one way is for East to subtract a point for the KQ♥︎ and open 1NT as though this were 17 points only. The trap is to open 1♦︎ and hear 1NT and pass because it could be only 6 or 7. If West responds 2♣︎ to 1♦︎ and East rebids 2NT, this is an underbid: East should bid 3NT knowing West has 10 or more points for the two-over-one response. Good bidding is more about avoiding trouble on simple hands like this, than knowing a bunch of seldom used conventions.
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Board 11
Dealer:♠︎T87 Vulnerable:
South♥︎AQ2 None
♠︎J4 ♠︎AK2
♥︎T74 ♥︎J93
♦︎KJT3 ♦︎Q9
♣︎Q952 ♣︎JT876
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎Q9653 Tricks:
14 ♥︎K865 NSEW
7 11 ♦︎84NT8833
8 ♣︎K3♠︎101033
N-S have 22 combined points♦︎8855
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎6677
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2♥︎s2♣︎+2 170
3♠︎n7♣︎= 140
3♠︎sQ♣︎= 140
2♦︎s2♣︎-1 50
4♠︎s2♣︎-2 100
South and West pass and North nearly has enough for a 1NT opener, but to upgrade a 14-count because of a five-card suit you'd need a better suit than ace and four spot cards. So 1♦︎ it is, and East passes, and South responds 1♠︎. West passes and North rebids 1NT. East passes and South tries 2♥︎, showing 5-4 or perhaps 5-5 in the majors, but not many points. West passes and North bids 2♠︎ to show three card support and this is a nice contract, making two overtricks on this layout despite only 22 combined points.
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Board 12
Dealer:♠︎AKT964 Vulnerable:
West♥︎43 North-South
♠︎Q5 ♠︎832
♥︎Q76 ♥︎KT92
♦︎742 ♦︎KJ65
♣︎QJ763 ♣︎98
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎J7 Tricks:
14 ♥︎AJ85 NSEW
7 7 ♦︎AQT98NT121201
12 ♣︎42♠︎131300
N-S have 26 combined points♦︎101033
Suitable Level: Game♣︎101033
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♠︎n5♦︎+2 680
3Nn5♦︎+2 660
4♠︎n9♣︎+1 650
4♠︎n9♣︎+1 650
4♠︎nT♥︎= 620
It's North-South's auction here, and the best route is 1♠︎ - 2♦︎, 2♠︎ - 3♥︎, 4♠︎ - Pass. North needs only rebid 2♠︎ because a two-over-one call promises another rebid. On this hand, despite 26 combined points, North can make all the tricks in spades by winning the club lead in hand and cashing the second club, then finessing the Q♦︎, ruffing a diamond, ruffing a club (overruffing East if necessary), A♦︎ pitching a heart, A♥︎ and a heart ruff, a final club ruff, a heart ruff back to hand, and trumps from the top!
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Board 13
Dealer:♠︎T762 Vulnerable:
North♥︎AKQ Both
♠︎95 ♠︎AQJ43
♥︎T965 ♥︎83
♦︎K764 ♦︎A32
♣︎765 ♣︎KQ8
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎K8 Tricks:
12 ♥︎J742 NSEW
3 16 ♦︎85NT6644
9 ♣︎AJ942♠︎6677
N-S have 21 combined points♦︎7766
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎9944
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2♠︎e8♦︎-2 200
1Ne4♣︎-2 200
2♠︎e8♦︎-2 200
2♣︎s9♠︎= 90
1Nn4♠︎-1 100
North opens 1♦︎, East overcalls 1♠︎, and South makes a negative double. West passes and North has a tough call. The double shows four hearts, and 1NT without a real spade stopper is out. Maybe the 'least worst' call is 2♥︎, treating AKQ as though it were four-card support. If East goes on to 2♠︎, disaster awaits, especially at this vulnerability. -200 on a partscore hand is usually a poor score, since most partscores are worth less.
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Board 14
Dealer:♠︎KQ75 Vulnerable:
East♥︎AT32 None
♠︎T9643 ♠︎A82
♥︎986 ♥︎5
♦︎J93 ♦︎854
♣︎63 ♣︎A98742
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎J Tricks:
13 ♥︎KQJ74 NSEW
1 8 ♦︎AKT72NT111122
18 ♣︎KJ♠︎9944
N-S have 31 combined points♦︎111122
Suitable Level: Possible Slam♣︎8855
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎s6♣︎+2 480
4♥︎s4♠︎+2 480
5♥︎sT♠︎= 450
4♥︎s4♠︎+1 450
6♥︎s6♣︎-1 50
East passes and South opens 1♥︎. West passes and North bids 2NT, a forcing raise in hearts. East passes and South bids 3♠︎, showing a singleton spade. This is bad news for North, who should sign off in 4♥︎. Bids like 3♠︎ that show singletons can be useful, but here the bid just tells North than 5 of his 13 points are wasted. ♠︎8762, with the five points elsewhere, would be better. Eleven tricks are the limit in 4♥︎.
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Board 15
Dealer:♠︎AQJT4 Vulnerable:
South♥︎J952 North-South
♠︎932 ♠︎K
♥︎KQ ♥︎A8
♦︎8 ♦︎AQJT932
♣︎AKQT743 ♣︎982
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎8765 Tricks:
9 ♥︎T7643 NSEW
14 14 ♦︎K764NT3388
3 ♣︎-♠︎101033
E-W have 28 combined points♦︎33109
Suitable Level: Game♣︎001111
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
6♣︎w*5♦︎-1 100
5♣︎w5♦︎-1 50
6♣︎wA♠︎-1 50
5♣︎w5♦︎= 400
5♣︎wA♠︎= 400
North might compete in spades, but East-West should get to a high-level club contract, where surprisingly the only lead to prevent twelve tricks is a diamond. If North starts with the A♠︎ and continues with the Q♠︎, West ruffs in dummy, pulls trumps in three rounds, and plays A♦︎ and then the Q♦︎, pitching a spade from hand. At some point South will cover and West ruffs, then crosses to the A♥︎ to cash the rest of the diamonds. A diamond lead kills a vital entry and the play doesn't quite work.
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Board 16
Dealer:♠︎KJ7 Vulnerable:
West♥︎QT East-West
♠︎QT62 ♠︎9853
♥︎AJ4 ♥︎K875
♦︎KJ2 ♦︎Q75
♣︎AJT ♣︎82
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎A4 Tricks:
13 ♥︎9632 NSEW
16 5 ♦︎643NT6677
6 ♣︎Q654♠︎5588
E-W have 21 combined points♦︎6666
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎8855
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
1NwT♦︎-2 200
2♠︎eT♦︎-2 200
1Nw3♣︎-1 100
2♣︎s2♠︎-2 100
1Nw*8♦︎= 180
West opens 1NT as dealer and everyone passes. Cue the traditional moaning whenever this happens, mystifying to me: when I play 1NT I warm to the challenge immediately: if dummy is weak and the opponents cash a few suits, I am confident that there will be some other tables suffering the same tragedy. Here, two diamonds, two hearts, and a club gets you within two tricks, which may come from the J♥︎, the Q♠︎, or the J♣︎.
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Board 17
Dealer:♠︎J Vulnerable:
North♥︎AK3 None
♠︎987 ♠︎AKT5
♥︎942 ♥︎J865
♦︎Q7 ♦︎54
♣︎Q8642 ♣︎K93
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎Q6432 Tricks:
19 ♥︎QT7 NSEW
4 11 ♦︎J32NT101033
6 ♣︎J5♠︎8855
N-S have 25 combined points♦︎111122
Suitable Level: Likely Game♣︎7766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3Nn5♥︎+1 430
3Nn5♥︎+1 430
3Nn3♣︎+1 430
3♦︎n3♣︎+2 150
3♦︎n3♣︎+2 150
North opens 1♦︎, East doubles for takeout, South bids 1♠︎, and West passes. North jumps to 3♦︎ and East passes. It should be odds-on to bid 3NT with the South hand, for North's strong hand can only have nine points in diamonds and the rest of the strength will certainly help. 3NT makes ten tricks easily for a good score.
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Board 18
Dealer:♠︎K954 Vulnerable:
East♥︎A North-South
♠︎Q6 ♠︎A8732
♥︎Q9754 ♥︎KJ63
♦︎T97 ♦︎A83
♣︎T73 ♣︎9
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎JT Tricks:
16 ♥︎T82 NSEW
4 12 ♦︎QJ62NT7744
8 ♣︎KJ84♠︎7766
N-S have 24 combined points♦︎101033
Suitable Level: Possible Game♣︎111122
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3NnA♠︎+2 660
3♣︎n8♠︎+1 130
3♥︎e4♣︎-1 50
5♣︎sQ♠︎-1 100
3♥︎e8♣︎= 140
East opens 1♠︎ and South and West pass. North bids 2♣︎ to keep the auction going and East rebids 2♥︎. South raises to 3♣︎, West raises to 3♥︎, and North should take a shot at 5♣︎. 5♣︎ makes because North loses a diamond and only one spade, by leading the jack and running it if West plays low. If West covers, the whole JQKA family appears and dummy's ten controls the second round.