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Neither vulnerable. South deals.
S-9 8 7 3 2
D-Q 10 8 5
C-A 6 2
S-A K J 10 6 5 S-Q 4
H-2 H-9 8 7 5
D-A D-9 7 4 3 2
C-Q 9 8 7 5 C-10 4
H-A K Q J 10 6 4
D-K J 6
C-K J 3
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
2C- 4S Pass Pass
5H Pass 5NT-- Pass
6H Dbl Pass Pass
--Pick a slam
Opening lead: Ace of S
This is another hand from the World Championship Bermuda Bowl, contested recently in Bali, Indonesia.
North was Gavin Wolpert, of Florida, representing the USA. Wolpert reasoned that if partner could contract for 11 tricks, despite possibly no help from him, then the little that he did have might be enough for 12 tricks. It was possible that partner held a two-suited hand and never got a chance to name his other suit, so Wolpert bid 5NT to give him that chance. South knew where he wanted to play. Was Wolpert's bid aggressive or an overbid? Aggressive is what we call it when it works -- when it doesn't work, it's an overbid.
There was nothing to the play. South ruffed the opening spade lead and drew trumps. He then knocked out the ace of diamonds and claimed the rest. West's somewhat greedy double didn't cost much.
In the replay, the auction was exactly the same up until North's key decision. The German North passed, and the slam was missed. This pass can only be faulted by the result. Wolpert's bold bid helped the USA to an important win over Germany in their qualifying match.
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