Van Learners Bridge Results

June 3, 2024

Section X  North-South
VanLearners Monday Eve Session June 3, 2024
Leaders after  7 rounds  Average:   42.0
Place   Pct   Score  Pair
  1   63.10   53.00   X-6   Ian Wong - Alex Douglas
  2   58.33   49.00   X-7   Vicki Torbett - Myrna Halpenny
  3   52.98   44.50   X-8   Cindy Grauer - Zdenka Buric
  4   49.40   41.50   X-1   Joan Christensen - Carol Ward
  5   48.81   41.00   X-5   Marcia Smith - Doug MacDougall
  6   45.83   38.50   X-3   Pam Tomlins - Tim Tomlins
  7   44.05   37.00   X-2   Diane O'Connor - John Fraser
  8   37.50   31.50   X-4   Brenda MacLean-Longpre - Cindy Chan

Section X  East-West
VanLearners Monday Eve Session June 3, 2024
Leaders after  7 rounds  Average:   42.0
Place   Pct   Score  Pair
  1   67.86   57.00   X-6   Annabel Mead - John Coates
  2   66.67   56.00   X-4   Amanda Hill - David Hsu
  3   53.57   45.00   X-7   Lesley MacKay - Jacquie Brown
  4   53.57   45.00   X-8   Marion George - Peter George
  5   48.81   41.00   X-1   Bob Matthews - Judy Day
  6   41.07   34.50   X-2   Donna Bridgeman - David Stokes
  7   35.71   30.00   X-3   Barbara Spitz - Marlee Sheinin
  8   32.74   27.50   X-5   Linda Collins - Greg Harms

Congrats to the winners!

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 from May 13's open game.

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:♠︎K Vulnerable:
North♥︎AKQ7654 None
♠︎Q9642 ♠︎T73
♥︎982 ♥︎JT
♦︎65 ♦︎J982
♣︎AT2 ♣︎K987
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎AJ85 Tricks:
12 ♥︎3 NSEW
6 5 ♦︎AKQT4NT111100
17 ♣︎QJ6♠︎8855
N-S have 29 combined points♦︎111100
Suitable Level: Game♣︎9943
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
6Ns2♥︎= 990
3Ns4♠︎+4 520
4♥︎n8♦︎+2 480
4♥︎nJ♥︎+2 480
Should North bid 1♥︎ or 3♥︎? If the K♠︎ was a small card, it would be an easy choice: 3♥︎. But the K♠︎, even singleton, may combine with partner's spade holding to produce extra tricks, so 1♥︎ is the best choice here. East passes and South bids 2♦︎, not 1♠︎; with a hand this strong it's OK to bypass a four-card major. West passes and North bids 2♥︎. East passes and South bids 2♠︎. North bids 4♥︎ and this will probably end the auction. Wherever North-South end up, the defenders get one chance to lead clubs or they allow declarer to pull trumps and pitch club losers on diamonds.
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Board 2
Dealer:♠︎A2 Vulnerable:
East♥︎AKT54 North-South
♠︎KQ8653 ♠︎74
♥︎2 ♥︎Q86
♦︎J3 ♦︎87652
♣︎T982 ♣︎A75
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎JT9 Tricks:
17 ♥︎J973 NSEW
6 6 ♦︎KQTNT101033
11 ♣︎KJ4♠︎7766
N-S have 28 combined points♦︎9944
Suitable Level: Game♣︎8855
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎n7♠︎= 620
4♥︎n7♠︎= 620
4♥︎nT♠︎= 620
2♠︎w*A♥︎= 470
East and South pass and West opens an ultralight third seat weak 2♠︎. North bids 3♥︎ and East passes; South raises to 4♥︎ and this ends the auction. South has a club and a heart to lose in 4♥︎ as well as the A♠︎. The one pair that doubled 2♠︎ must have defended very poorly indeed to allow West to make eight tricks with a combined 12 highcard points!
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Board 3
Dealer:♠︎9876 Vulnerable:
South♥︎AK74 East-West
♠︎AJ54 ♠︎Q3
♥︎QJ6 ♥︎92
♦︎Q4 ♦︎AKT7532
♣︎A543 ♣︎Q7
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎KT2 Tricks:
8 ♥︎T853 NSEW
14 11 ♦︎6NT331010
7 ♣︎KJ986♠︎5588
E-W have 25 combined points♦︎331010
Suitable Level: Likely Game♣︎6766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3♦︎e8♥︎+2 150
3♦︎e8♥︎+2 150
3♦︎e6♣︎+2 150
3Nw4♥︎+2 660
South passes and West opens 1♣︎. North passes and East responds 1♦︎. North-South retire from the bidding as West rebids 1♠︎, East jumps to 3♦︎, and West chooses 3NT. Or, in a more modern style, West can rebid 1NT (even with a four-card spade suit), knowing that if East has four spades and a weak hand, 1♠︎ would have been the response; if East now bids 2♠︎, that shows four spades, longer diamonds, and a good hand of at least opening bid strength. The modern way sometimes "hides" majors like this and you get a favourable lead in 3NT, which everyone should reach, and make ten tricks.
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Board 4
Dealer:♠︎875 Vulnerable:
West♥︎A9 Both
♠︎93 ♠︎AKQJ2
♥︎KT872 ♥︎QJ63
♦︎KT732 ♦︎95
♣︎K ♣︎Q2
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎T64 Tricks:
6 ♥︎54 NSEW
9 15 ♦︎AQ6NT3377
10 ♣︎A9854♠︎331010
E-W have 24 combined points♦︎3399
Suitable Level: Possible Game♣︎7766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2Nw6♣︎-1 100
3♥︎wJ♣︎+1 170
3♥︎wJ♣︎+2 200
2♥︎e6♠︎+3 200
East opens 1♠︎ after two passes and if South bids 2♣︎, West will double to show both red suits, North will raise clubs to some wild level, and East will probably bid hearts and make game. If South passes, West has to bid 1NT (not enough for a 2-over-1 response) and East will rebid 2♥︎ after North passes. West should bid 4♥︎ at this point, but many did not, perhaps concerned about the third seat opener which can be sometimes light. 4♥︎ is a cakewalk, with a loser in hearts, diamonds, and clubs, but no more.
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Board 5
Dealer:♠︎K832 Vulnerable:
North♥︎AJ North-South
♠︎J54 ♠︎T97
♥︎Q5 ♥︎K9872
♦︎AK83 ♦︎T762
♣︎AKQ7 ♣︎2
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎AQ6 Tricks:
11 ♥︎T643 NSEW
19 3 ♦︎J954NT6666
7 ♣︎85♠︎7766
E-W have 22 combined points♦︎4488
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎8855
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
1♠︎n2♣︎+1 110
2♣︎nT♠︎= 90
2♣︎nT♠︎= 90
1♠︎n2♣︎= 80
Three passes to West, who opens 1♦︎. North passes and East does too. South also passes and it is up to West to scramble home with seven tricks. If North starts with the J♣︎ opening lead, West wins and cashes two more, pitching spade losers from the dummy and allowing South to ruff in on the third winner. Eventually West should emerge with seven or eight tricks and a plus score. If North finds a 2♣︎ overcall of 1♦︎, 2♣︎ might be the final contract and this too should struggle but come home for a North-South plus.
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Board 6
Dealer:♠︎J42 Vulnerable:
East♥︎KQ65 East-West
♠︎A875 ♠︎KQT3
♥︎J2 ♥︎AT8
♦︎AQT76 ♦︎9852
♣︎84 ♣︎K7
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎96 Tricks:
17 ♥︎9743 NSEW
11 12 ♦︎43NT3388
0 ♣︎T9652♠︎331010
E-W have 23 combined points♦︎331010
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎7766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3♦︎wA♣︎+1 130
2♠︎wQ♥︎+2 170
3♠︎wK♥︎+1 170
2♠︎w2♠︎+2 170
East opens 1♦︎ and West responds 1♠︎. North doubles for takeout and East raises to 2♠︎. South passes and West should bid 4♠︎: knowing where the opposition's high card points are will be worth a trick or so. 4♠︎ depends upons East playing the diamonds for only one loser to go with the A♣︎ and the KQ♥︎. Finesse once, but then on the second round, play for the drop rather than finessing into the hand that likely has the other honour.
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Board 7
Dealer:♠︎K95 Vulnerable:
South♥︎98653 Both
♠︎QJ4 ♠︎AT6
♥︎JT4 ♥︎A2
♦︎54 ♦︎AJ92
♣︎AKQT4 ♣︎9832
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎8732 Tricks:
8 ♥︎KQ7 NSEW
13 13 ♦︎T873NT221110
6 ♣︎J5♠︎4499
E-W have 26 combined points♦︎331010
Suitable Level: Game♣︎221111
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3Nw9♥︎+1 630
3Nw5♥︎+1 630
3NeK♥︎+2 660
3Nw5♥︎+2 660
East and West have this auction all to themselves, and West opens 1♣︎. East can bid 1♦︎ and await a rebid, which will be 1NT, and East raises to 3NT. Or, East could simply bid 3NT over 1♣︎, which promises no four-card major, about 13-15 points, and a balanced hand. With the K♠︎ onside, 3NT makes five: three spades, a heart, a diamond, and five clubs, with the eleventh trick coming from one of the red suits as the opponents come under pressure discarding on the clubs.
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Board 8
Dealer:♠︎AKQ43 Vulnerable:
West♥︎- None
♠︎T62 ♠︎85
♥︎AJT74 ♥︎K98532
♦︎K2 ♦︎J53
♣︎Q63 ♣︎84
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎J97 Tricks:
10 ♥︎Q6 NSEW
10 4 ♦︎AQ874NT7755
16 ♣︎AKT♠︎111122
N-S have 26 combined points♦︎121211
Suitable Level: Game♣︎111122
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♠︎n2♥︎+1 450
4♠︎n5♥︎-1 50
4♠︎n5♥︎-1 50
5♠︎n8♠︎-1 50
West passes, NOrth opens 1♠︎, and East fires off a pre-emptive 3♥︎. South has a strong hand and should bid 4♦︎. West bids 4♥︎ and North and East pass, but South tries 4♠︎. If East-West persist in hearts, North-South will outbid them to 5♠︎. Eleven tricks in spades are easy: lose a club and finesse twice in diamonds, losing only to the K♦︎. Diamonds can in theory make twelve tricks on this layout but that's not the trump suit you want to go to war in a slam with.
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Board 9
Dealer:♠︎A2 Vulnerable:
North♥︎J8632 East-West
♠︎J85 ♠︎KQ763
♥︎K94 ♥︎Q5
♦︎AQ54 ♦︎J
♣︎K83 ♣︎JT954
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎T94 Tricks:
12 ♥︎AT7 NSEW
13 9 ♦︎8762NT6666
6 ♣︎Q72♠︎3399
E-W have 22 combined points♦︎7855
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎3399
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
2♠︎eA♥︎+1 140
3♠︎wA♣︎+1 170
2♠︎wA♣︎+2 170
3♠︎w3♥︎+1 170
North opens 1HH, East overcalls 1♠︎, and South raises to 2♥︎. West should raise to 3♠︎ with opening bid values, or possibly even 4♠︎. Spades being the highest suit, East-West will end up in spades and discover that ten tricks are a bit tricky with three aces to lose and the K♦︎ offside. A prime example of why aces are worth a little more than four points in reality.
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Board 10
Dealer:♠︎AKQ9 Vulnerable:
East♥︎AJ74 Both
♠︎T72 ♠︎J863
♥︎K52 ♥︎93
♦︎8432 ♦︎AJT6
♣︎QT4 ♣︎A87
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎54 Tricks:
17 ♥︎QT86 NSEW
5 10 ♦︎K95NT10933
8 ♣︎K932♠︎9944
N-S have 25 combined points♦︎8855
Suitable Level: Likely Game♣︎101033
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎n8♠︎= 620
3Nn6♦︎= 600
3♥︎n3♠︎= 140
4♥︎nJ♠︎-1 100
Three passes to North, who opens 1NT. East passes and South bids 2♣︎, asking for a four-card major. West passes and here is a Stayman tip: with both majors, 2♥︎ is the best call, since a spade fit can still be found. So North bids 2♥︎ and South raises to 3♥︎, and with 17 points North is accepting invites, so 4♥︎ it is. East leads a spade and North counts losers in diamonds (one, the A♦︎) and clubs (two most likely), and possibly the K♥︎. The K♥︎ is onside, the trumps break 3-2, and 4♥︎ makes for a good score.
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Board 11
Dealer:♠︎- Vulnerable:
South♥︎Q8754 None
♠︎J ♠︎AQT642
♥︎K2 ♥︎T963
♦︎A93 ♦︎Q6
♣︎AKQ9763 ♣︎T
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎K98753 Tricks:
17 8 ♦︎KJ854NT4497
12 ♣︎-♠︎5587
E-W have 25 combined points♦︎8855
Suitable Level: Likely Game♣︎4489
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
5♣︎wT♦︎-3 150
5♣︎w7♦︎-1 50
3♣︎w7♦︎= 110
3Ne7♠︎= 400
Fasten your seatbelts! South opens 1♠︎, West doubles for takeout, intending to bid clubs next to show a strong hand with long clubs, and North passes. East may be tempted to pass 1♠︎ for penalties, but should instead bid 1♥︎. South continues to describe the hand with a 2♦︎ rebid and West now gets the 3♣︎ call in. North bids 3♦︎ to confirm a fit before South bids spades again and hits the void. East passes and South does as well, but West bids 4♣︎ and North doubles. North-South will get a trump trick, the A♥︎, an eventual diamond, and need one more to beat 4♣︎: a spade ruff perhaps?
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Board 12
Dealer:♠︎KJ52 Vulnerable:
West♥︎3 North-South
♠︎A986 ♠︎QT7
♥︎A765 ♥︎KT9842
♦︎A74 ♦︎Q6
♣︎QJ ♣︎AK
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎43 Tricks:
15 14 ♦︎J53NT111112
4 ♣︎T86543♠︎211011
E-W have 29 combined points♦︎6677
Suitable Level: Game♣︎7766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎e3♣︎+1 450
4♥︎w2♣︎+1 450
4♥︎e4♠︎+2 480
4♥︎e4♠︎+2 480
West opens 1NT hoping that the doubleton ♣︎QJ will pull three points worth of weight in whatever contract results. North passes and East bids 2♦︎, transferring to hearts. South passes and West bids 2♥︎ as requested. East now blasts into 4NT! West shows three aces with 5♠︎ and 6HH is the final contract. North leads a safe club and West has a lot of work to do. After pulling trumps ending in hand (and breathing a sigh of relief that they are 2-2), West leads a low spade toward dummy's ♠︎QT7. If North wins the K♠︎, West can next finesse the T♠︎ and eventually pitch a diamond on the fourth spade for the slam!
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Board 13
Dealer:♠︎KJ5 Vulnerable:
North♥︎Q8532 Both
♠︎T8 ♠︎AQ42
♥︎KJ ♥︎97
♦︎AQ42 ♦︎J753
♣︎AK742 ♣︎Q53
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎9763 Tricks:
6 ♥︎AT64 NSEW
17 9 ♦︎KTNT111212
8 ♣︎J96♠︎3399
E-W have 26 combined points♦︎001212
Suitable Level: Game♣︎111212
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
1Nw3♥︎+2 150
3Ne6♥︎= 600
3Nw3♥︎= 600
3Nw3♥︎+3 690
Three passes to West, who opens 1NT. (1♣︎ followed by a diamond rebid is also OK, as long as you and partner are on the same wave length on these reverse bids, where a rebid in a higher suit shows about an ace more than a minimum opener.) East uses Stayman but finds no fit and settles for 3NT. The 4♥︎ lead from South would be a nightmare guess but luckily West opened 1NT and North is on lead. Even limited to one heart trick, West should win five clubs, a heart, and the A♦︎ and ASd, and the K♦︎ and K♠︎ are both onside for a ninth or even tenth trick.
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Board 14
Dealer:♠︎Q874 Vulnerable:
East♥︎5 None
♠︎KT2 ♠︎AJ53
♥︎KQ842 ♥︎A963
♦︎KJ65 ♦︎Q94
♣︎A ♣︎87
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎96 Tricks:
3 ♥︎JT7 NSEW
16 11 ♦︎AT3NT1199
10 ♣︎KQ943♠︎221111
E-W have 27 combined points♦︎111111
Suitable Level: Game♣︎7766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎w4♠︎+2 480
4♥︎wJ♣︎+2 480
4♥︎w5♥︎+2 480
4♥︎wJ♣︎+2 480
Two close-to-an-opener-but-not-quite-enough passes to West, who opens 1♥︎. North passes and East bids 4♥︎: no other bid is forcing since East is a passed hand. West should recognize that 4♥︎ shows a near opener and bid 4NT. East responds 5♥︎ and West might sign off missing an ace, or press on to six. With the A♦︎ a sure loser, the issue in hearts is to figure out where the Q♠︎ might be. The one clue comes when trumps are pulled revealing that South has three and North one. This leaves more space in North's hand for the Q♠︎ and the small percentage play works for twelve tricks!
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Board 15
Dealer:♠︎AT3 Vulnerable:
South♥︎T9432 North-South
♠︎765 ♠︎KQ982
♥︎AKQJ8 ♥︎7
♦︎5 ♦︎83
♣︎K953 ♣︎Q7642
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎J4 Tricks:
5 ♥︎65 NSEW
13 7 ♦︎AKQ942NT8855
15 ♣︎AJT♠︎4488
N-S and E-W each have 20 combined points♦︎101033
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎4499
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♦︎sJ♥︎= 130
3♦︎sJ♥︎+1 130
4♠︎eA♦︎-2 100
3♠︎eA♦︎+1 170
1NT is barely legal as South but most will choose the more natural 1♦︎ opener. West makes a takeout double and North bids 2♦︎. East tries 2♠︎ and South rebids 3♦︎. One of the opponents will bid 3♠︎ over 3♦︎, forcing South to bid 4♦︎. 4♦︎ turns out to be a fine contract, losing only a spade and two hearts. If East-West persist and bid 4♠︎, South switches from diamonds at trick two and gets North a club ruff for down one: A♦︎, A♣︎, club ruff, A♠︎.
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Board 16
Dealer:♠︎Q9843 Vulnerable:
West♥︎2 East-West
♠︎AT75 ♠︎J6
♥︎65 ♥︎J98
♦︎Q9652 ♦︎AJ74
♣︎T6 ♣︎AQ84
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎K2 Tricks:
9 ♥︎AKQT743 NSEW
6 13 ♦︎8NT8555
12 ♣︎975♠︎7666
N-S have 21 combined points♦︎4499
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎7766
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3♥︎s2♦︎= 140
3NnJ♠︎-1 50
4♥︎sA♠︎-1 50
3♥︎sT♣︎-1 50
East opens 1♦︎ after two passes and South overcalls in hearts. South might try 2♥︎, 3♥︎, or even 4♥︎, or bid 1♥︎ for now and "walk" the hand, bidding hearts as many times as necessary until the opponents give up. On this layout, the limit is 2♥︎, but 3♥︎ is a reasonable sacrifice over 3♦︎ and might even make.
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Board 17
Dealer:♠︎KJ52 Vulnerable:
North♥︎K743 None
♠︎A ♠︎T976
♥︎T98 ♥︎J2
♦︎JT76 ♦︎K953
♣︎KQT64 ♣︎975
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎Q843 Tricks:
14 ♥︎AQ65 NSEW
10 4 ♦︎8NT8844
12 ♣︎A832♠︎101033
N-S have 26 combined points♦︎6666
Suitable Level: Game♣︎6677
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
4♥︎sA♠︎+1 450
4♥︎sA♠︎+1 450
4♥︎sA♠︎= 420
4♥︎sA♠︎= 420
North opens 1♦︎ and East passes. South responds 1♥︎ and West gets in with a 2♣︎ call. These days, opener has a special convention after the fourth player overcalls partner's response in a major: the Support Double. A double of 2♣︎ shows exactly three hearts, and will help South work out what to do if South has five hearts. Actually bidding 2HH thus shows FOUR card support, and North-South should get to the easy 4♥︎ game and make eleven tricks. The Support Double applies when responder bids a major and the next player overcalls: a double shows three-card support, a bid of the suit shows four or more cards in support.
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Board 18
Dealer:♠︎874 Vulnerable:
East♥︎T93 North-South
♠︎9653 ♠︎AKQ2
♥︎QJ542 ♥︎A87
♦︎5 ♦︎J43
♣︎864 ♣︎J93
SOUTH Available
HCP: ♠︎JT Tricks:
9 ♥︎K6 NSEW
3 15 ♦︎KT86NT8833
13 ♣︎AQT72♠︎5588
N-S have 22 combined points♦︎101011
Suitable Level: Partscore♣︎101022
ContractLeadResultN-S ScoreE-W Score
3♦︎sQ♥︎+1 130
2♥︎eJ♠︎-1 50
2♥︎e6♣︎= 110
1♠︎e6♦︎+1 110
East opens 1NT and South overcalls 2NT! This is the Unusual Notrump, showing both minors. Usually South should be 5-5, but not this time. West passes and North bids 3♦︎, which ends the auction and makes. If South passes instead, West will transfer to 2♥︎ and this has a good chance of making or going down only one, not as good for North-South as making ten tricks in diamonds.