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Hand Commentary from 15th September 2016.pdf
After 1♥ -2♥ North invites with 3♥ s and South accepts the invitation as being maximum for their 2♥ response.
With best defence that is difficult to find at the table it should go one down. 3 made 2 went one down,
East has a choice of which doubleton to lead. Use the website to play the hand. As the cards lay 6♣ is the winning defence to 4♥ s. There is nothing from the bidding to choose beween the a ♣ or♦ lead. However the ♦ 9 is more likely to be a singleton or a doubleton than a 6♣ which may be from an honour containing suit.
After 1♦ - 1♥ - 3NT then shows a balanced 19 HCP hand. S will see there are enough points for a slam, with the void, 6♥ s or 6♠ s are likely to be better. So 4♠ s shows the shape of 5♥ s and 4♠s so N can decide on what slam to bid. With 3♥ s and not 4♠ s will choose 6♥ s. N with a 4333 shape may choose the duplicate 6NT contract, but will only make 12 tricks and loose out to 6♥ s making 13.
After 1NT by E a contract that normally scores very well when Non Vulnerable. As can be seen one East was allowed to play in 1N making 5 tricks which resulted in a top. Many will bid a natural 2♥ by South with opening points and a (weak) 5 card suit. This is likely to be passed out.
Advanced How did two pairs get to game? Some will use artificial bids to show at least 4/4 in the majors. e.g. Landy where 2♣ shows both majors.
Some Souths may open 1C with 5 points and a rebiddable 5 card suit. This probably does not stop pre-emptying with 3♥ s. North will pass. East has a difficult decision, he probably has 3 tricks to add to Wests likely 7 tricks (when vulnerable pre-emptive bids should expect to be only minus 2) which would suggest bidding 4♥. However East values are opposite the void rather than the suits. In addition the K♣ s will loose to Souths AQ.
Over 3 or 4 ♥ South may double to show shortage and support for other suits. North can then bid 3 or 4♠s which will give a good result.
2♣ whilst only 16 points it only has 3 losers. 2♠ positive response. 3♥ showing the suit. 3♠ showing a 6+ card suit. East now knows of a 6 2 fit. 4NT RKCB is of no use due to the void. So the choice is to go for 6♠ s or use exclusion RKCB. By bidding above a game contract this asks for keycard blackwood responses responses in the agreed or last bid suit excluding the suit bid - this is known as exclusion keycard Blackwood. Here the response is for ♠ s to show 2 keycards and the Q♠s. With this information E could bid 7♠ s.
1♥ then after a 1NT response the response of 3♦ shows a 5/4 distribution and 16+HCPs, East with a strong 6 card suit can try 3NT as the best hope for game.