N-S vulnerable


{spade} A 10 9 8

{heart} Q J 3

{diam} 5

{club} A Q J 8 2


{spade} J 6 2

{heart} K 10 9 7 5 4

{diam} A J 4

{club} 3


{spade} K 7 5

{heart} 6

{diam} Q 10 9 3 2

{club} K 10 6 4


{spade} Q 4 3

{heart} A 8 2

{diam} K 8 7 6

{club} 9 7 5

The bidding: NorthEast SouthWest1 {club} Pass 1 NT 2 {heart}3 {club} Pass 3 {heart} Pass3 {spade} Pass 3 NT PassPass Dbl All Pass Opening lead: {heart} 7

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When North-South got to 3NT, East doubled because he knew South wouldn't be able to set up North's clubs. West led a heart, and South put up dummy's queen and continued with the ace and queen of clubs. East ducked, and South next led the eight of spades.

East played low, and South misguessed by letting the eight ride. Perhaps South hoped West had the king of spades and East, therefore, had the ace of diamonds, but West took the jack of spades and returned a spade. When South finessed, East won and led the ten of diamonds, and South went down three, losing 800 points.

All four players were experts (world-class players practice on OKbridge), and many kibitzers were present -- and speculating about who was at fault for the result. Did North or South misbid?

My view was that North's competitive bid of three clubs was questionable, but South's cue bid of three hearts, looking for 3NT, was an error. South's 1NT had already limited his hand. When he bid three hearts, it meant North had a choice between defending against two hearts and playing at game.

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