Archive Deal of the Week

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March 22 2017

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West North East South
Pass Pass 1♠ 2♠*
Pass 3 Pass Pass
4♠ all pass    

* Michaels cuebid - over an opponent's major opening, this cuebid shows the other major and a minor suit.

East opened 1♠, South overcalled 2♠ (Michaels - hearts and an unspecified minor), West passed and North called 3. East and South passed. West declared 4♠. We invite you to take the South seat with the objective to defeat the contract. How many tricks can you take?

 

Contract: 4♠ West/East

Vulnerable: none

 

 

 

March 15 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
2♠ Pass Pass 3
all pass      

West opens the auction with 2♠, North and East pass. You as South bid 3. West leads the ♠K. Can you fulfill the contract?

 

 

March 08 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
  1 Pass 3
3♠ Pass Pass 4
4♠ Pass Pass 5
all pass      

North opened the auction with 1. South responded with the limit major raise – 3. West bid 3♠, North passed, South called 4. West raised to 4♠ and South declared 5 as the final contract.

 

We invite you to take the seat of North. Can you see a road to 11 tricks? East leads the ♠6.

 

 

March 01 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
1NT Pass 2♣ Pass
2 Pass 3NT all pass

You are South on this week’s defensive problem. The opponents have declared 3NT after an uneventful auction. North leads the K. Can you find a successful defense and defeat the contract?

 

February 22 2017

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1♠ Pass Pass 1NT
Pass Pass 2♠ ?

 

 

West opens the auction with 1♠, you overcall with 1NT, West and North pass, but East answers with 2♠. What are you going to bid?

February 15 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
  1 Pass 1♠
Pass 3♣ Pass 4NT
Pass 5 Pass 5NT
Pass 6 Pass 7NT
all pass      

West has led the ♠5. You can count on four (hopefully one more) tricks in spades, two in hearts and diamonds, three in clubs. You miss the Q and Q, and although a chance of winning a single finesse is 50 %, the probability of two finesses both being successful is only 25%. Besides – you cannot afford to lose a trick as you have just declared 7 NT.

How are you going to make it?

 

February 08 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
      1♠
Pass 1NT Dbl 3♠
Pass 4♠ all pass  

South has opened the auction with 1♠, North responded with 1NT – forcing (0-3 spades, 4-12 HCP). East doubled (4+clubs, 4+diamonds, 4+hearts.) South jumped to 3♠ (6+ spades, 14-21 HCP).

North declared 4♠. West leads the J.

We offer you to take the South seat and plan the play to win ten tricks.

 

 

February 01 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
  1♣ Pass 2
Pass 3 Pass 3♠
Pass 4♣ Pass 4
Pass 5 Pass 5NT
Pass 6 Pass ?

 

North has opened the auction with 1♣. South responded with 2♥ indicating strength. North showed support in hearts and South started cuebidding showing first round control in spades. North has indicated first round control in clubs, South added first round control in diamonds and North second round control in diamonds.

We offer you to take the South seat and decide – what are you going to bid?

January 25 2017

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The Auction:

West North East South
  Pass 1 Pass
2♦!* Pass 2NT Pass
3♣ Pass 3NT all pass

* Strong inverted minor rise

After some hemming and hawing the opponents reach a contract of 3NT. East becomes the declarer, so you have the opening lead.

What are you going to lead?

 

January 18 2017

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
    1 2*
3 3♠ 4NT pass
5♣ Pass 6 ?

 

* Michaels cuebid

East opens the auction with 1. After your Michaels cuebid indicating spades and a minor suit, West supports hearts by bidding 3. North calls 3♠ (3+ spades) and East asks for aces using Blackwood (20-21 HCP). You pass; West responds with 5♣ (0 keycards) and East declares 6. What are you going to bid?

January 11 2017

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
  1♣ Pass 1
1NT! 2♣ 2 ?

 

North opens with 1♣, you respond with 1, West interferes with 1NT (Sandwich 1NT, which promises both of unbid suits – diamonds and spades on this occasion). North repeats clubs and East bids 2.

What are you going to bid?

 

January 04 2017

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
    1 Pass
1 Pass 1NT 2♣
2 3♣ Dbl all pass

 

This was a competitive auction, although the final contract is a humble partscore. East opened with 1, West responded with 1, North passed and East bid 1NT. As no one is vulnerable you seized the opportunity to chime in and bid clubs. West answered with 2, North raised to 3♣ and East doubled.

West leads the ♠4. Plan the play to score nine tricks.

December 28 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1 2♣ Pass 2NT
Pass 3NT all pass  

 

West opens the auction with 1, North overcalls with 2♣, you respond 2NT and North declares 3NT. West leads the Q. How many tricks can you take?

December 21 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
  1 Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass ?

 

 

North opens the auction with 1, you respond with 1♠; North repeats – 2 meaning a six card suit of hearts and you must decide what to bid. As you have two-card support and 13 HCP you could declare 4. On the other hand, you could repeat too as you have a strong suit of spades. How are you going to continue?

December 14 2016

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The Auction:

West North East South
1♣ 2♠ 3 3♠
4 Pass Pass Pass

 

After a rather lively auction, 4 by East-West becomes the final contract. You debated rather long, whether or not to bid 4♠ as a defensive bid and now you feel you must justify your “Pass” by defeating the opponent`s contract. Your partners 2♠ was surely a weak jump overcall, but as you have nine HCP, you feel the situation is not hopeless.

December 07 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
  Pass 1♣ Pass
1 Pass 1NT Pass
2♦!* Pass 3 Pass
4 all pass    

 

*New minor forcing

You are South on this defensive problem. After an uneventful auction West declares 4. North leads the ♠9. Can you defeat the contract?

November 30 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1♣ 1 1 1♠
3 3♠ 4 ?
all pass      

 

West opens the auction with 1♣, North overcalls 1, East responds with 1 and you respond 1♠. West jumps to 3 showing 4-card support in hearts and North goes to 3♠. East bids 4 and you must decide whether to go to on. What are you going to bid?

November 23 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1
2♣ 2 Pass 3
Pass 4 all pass  

 

After an uneventful auction, where the opponents only chip in once, you declare 4, which becomes the final contract.

West leads the ♣K. How many tricks can you take?

 

November 16 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1
Pass 1 Pass 1♠
Pass 2♣ Pass 3
Pass 3NT Pass 4NT
Pass 5 Pass 6NT

 

After your partner has bid 2♣ – 4th suit forcing to game – you answer with 3 to show length in diamonds. North declares 3NT indicating 13+ HC and a stopper in clubs. You Blackwood for aces; North responds with 5 (2 keycards, no trump queen) – you declare 6NT as the final contract. How are you going to make it?

November 09 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1
2 4 4♠ ?

 

You open the auction with 1. West calls 2 – Michaels cuebid showing spades and a minor suit. North responds with 4 and East with 4♠. What are you going to bid?

November 02 2016

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You reach the contract of 6♣ with no opposition bidding. West leads the ♠7. It is up to you to make the contract.

October 26 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
  1 Pass 1
Pass 1NT Pass Pass

Pass

     

 

You have reached a contract of 1NT with no opposition bidding. A humble part score, but part scores are worth fighting for. It is up to you to make the contract. East leads the 5. How many tricks can you take?

October 19 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
  Pass Pass 2NT
Pass 3 Pass 3
Pass 4♣ Pass 4♠
Pass 6 all pass

 

 

You open the auction with 2 NT and after Jacoby transfer by North (3) and your puppet response (3) North asks for aces. Your Gerber ace-showing response indicates 2 aces and North declares 6.

West opens with the ♣J. Plan your play.

October 12 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1
Pass 2♦! 2♠ 3♣
3♠ 4 4♠ 5
all pass    

 

 

You open the auction with 1, North responds with 2 – Strong inverted minor raise (8-11 HCP, 4+ diamonds). North intervenes with 2♠, you show your clubs bidding 3♣, West chips in with 3♠ and North responds with 4. East goes on to 4♠ and you declare 5, which becomes the contract. How many tricks can you take?

 

October 05 2016

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Can you guess what contract was declared and what was the outcome? Is there more than one possible contract, which might be made and won with these combined hands?

September 28 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1NT
Pass 2♣ Pass 2
Pass 3♣ Pass 3
Pass 3NT Pass ?

 

 

You open the auction with 1NT instead of 1, North responds with 2♣ – Stayman and you answer with 2. North continues with 3♣ indicating 5+ clubs and 0-2 hearts, you repeat hearts and bid 3. North calls 3NT, meaning at least 10 points.

You have a singleton club, but North has a long suit of clubs, so 3NT seems a reasonable choice. Should you go higher?

How are you going to proceed?

 

 

September 21 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1NT Pass 4♥!* 4NT!**
Pass 5♣ Pass Pass
Dbl all pass  

 

 

* - Texas Trasfer

** - 4 Notrump Preempt

West opens the auction with 1 NT, you – as North – pass; East responds with 4 – a Texas Transfer meaning East has 6+ spades. In anticipation of the contract of 4♠ by the opponents, South interferes with 4 Notrump Preempt (a Weak Minor Preempt), which promises a long minor suit, 5 diamonds or 5 clubs.

You relay to clubs by bidding 5♣, South passes and West doubles.

East leads the ♠5. How are you going to play this hand?

September 14 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1NT
Pass 2♣ Pass 2
Pass 3♥! Pass 4♠
Pass 4NT Pass 5♣
Pass 6♠ all pass

 

 

You open the auction with 1 NT, North responds with 2♣ (Stayman), you deny a four-card major with 2 and North bids 3. This game forcing bid – a Smolen transfer* – means North has 5-4 in majors, with spades the longer suit.

As you have a three card support in spades you answer with 4♠. North asks for aces, you show 3 keycards by RKCB keycard system and North declares 6♠. West leads the ♣6. How are you going to play this small slam?

* The Smolen transfer is an extension of the Stayman convention. It is used when the responder has 6-4 or 5-4 in the majors. After 1NT-2♣-2 the responder bids the complementary (shorter) major on three level so the opener can declare the final contract.

 

September 07 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1♣ 1 1♠ 2
Pass 3 3♠ 4
5♣ 5 Dbl ?

 

 

After a lively auction West has declared 5♣. North goes further and calls 5, East doubles. What are you going to bid?

August 31 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
Pass Pass Pass 1
Pass 1♠ Pass 2♣
Pass 2♦! Pass 2♠
Pass 3NT Pass Pass

 

You are North and after your game-forcing bid of 2 – Fourth Suit Forcing – South replies with 2♠ indicating 3-card support for spades.

You declare 3 NT and East leads the J to dummy’s Ace. How are you going to make it?

 

August 24 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      Pass
1 ?    

 

This week you are invited to take the North seat. South has passed and West just bid 1. What are you going to bid?

August 17 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1 Pass 1♠ Pass
2♠ Pass 3♠ Pass
4♠ Pass Pass Dbl
all pass      

 

You are South on this week`s defensive problem defending against 4♠. West declared 4♠ after an uncontested auction. After a bit of consideration you doubled. Plan your defense. What are you going to lead?

August 10 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
Pass Pass Pass 1NT
2♣!* 2NT!** Pass 3♣
Pass 3♠ Dbl 3NT
Pass Pass Dbl all pass

 

* Cappeletti

** Lebensohl

You open the auction with 1 NT after West, North and East have passed. West intervenes with 2♣ (Cappelletti 2♣ shows a one-suited hand, usually 6+ cards). North answers with 2NT (Lebensohl 2NT, which forces the opener to bid 3♣). East passes, you bid 3♣ and North switches to 3♠. East doubles. You declare 3NT. East doubles.

West leads the ♣7. Plan your play.

August 03 2016

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The Auction:

West North East South
      1♣
Pass 3♣ Pass 3NT

all pass

Your partner has answered your opening bid of 1♣ with a weak inverted minor raise and you, feeling as frisky as ever, go for 3NT of course. West leads the 8 and you must decide whether or not to play the A from the dummy, as diamonds are your only weakness...

July 27 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
2♠ 2NT Pass 3
pass 3 Pass 4
4♠ Pass Pass 5
all pass      

 

The auction was competitive. West opened with weak 2♠, North overcalled with 2NT and South responded with 3 (Jacoby transfer). North bid 3 and South 4 only to be overcalled by West – 4♠. South declared 5 as the final contract.

Now your task is to make this contract!

July 20 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1NT
Pass 2 Pass 2
Pass 3NT all pass

 

 

You open the auction with 1NT, North responds with Jacoby transfer meaning hearts, you advance with the Jacoby puppet response of 2 and North rebids 3NT. This indicates North has no more than five hearts and as you hold only two, you pass.

West leads the ♠6. Plan your play.

July 13 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      Pass
Pass 1 2 5
Pass 6 Pass Pass
Pass      

 

Your partner opens with 1 and East overcalls with 2. What should you bid? The reasonable bid is 5 as you have a good 5-card diamond suit. Much to your surprise North declares 6. Plan the play after East leads the K.

 

 

July 06 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
Pass Pass 2♣ Pass
2 Pass 3 Pass
3♠ Pass 3NT Pass
4♠ Pass Pass Pass
       

 

You are South on this defensive problem. The opponents declare 4♠ after an uncontested auction. North leads the 6, West wins the first trick with the Q. West leads the trump next, takes the trick with dummy’s ♠A and leads the A.

Can you defeat the contract? What are you going to play?

 

 

June 29 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
Pass Pass Pass 1♠
Pass 2♣ Pass 2
Pass 2NT Pass 4♠
all pass      

 

You are South on this week’s deal and reach a contract of 4♠. Your partner used the reverse Drury convention after you opened the auction with 1♠ in fourth seat. 2♣ showed your partner has 10-12 points and 3-card support in spades asking you if your hand was light or “normal” opening. The 2 reverse Drury response confirmed you have full opening values. Now your task is to make the contract.

June 22 2016

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The auction is too horrible to publish or even mention it, anyway you find yourself playing the contract of 3NT, because after your sensible call of 2NT, your partner declares 3NT.

West leads the ♠2 as the opening lead and as you have two stoppers in spades you have time to analyze your hand – how on earth to make it?

June 15 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
  1NT   2
Pass 3 Pass 4♣
Pass 4 Pass 4♠
Pass 5♣ Pass 5
Pass 6    

 

 

You reach the contract of 6 after an uncontested auction. East leads the ♣10. After seeing your partner’s hand you realize you have two losers – a spade and a diamond. How do you proceed?

 

June 08 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1
Pass 1 Pass 2♣
Pass 2 Pass 3
Pass 3 Pass 3NT
Pass ?    

 

 

You are North on this deal and your partner starts the auction with 1, which your respond with 1♠ of course. Your partner then goes to 2♣ indicating 4+ diamonds and 4+ clubs. As you have 14 points and a good seven-card spade suit you mean business and call 2 – fourth suit forcing to game. Your partner responds with 3 and you show your spades for the second time bidding 3♠. Your partner calls 3NT. What should you do, pass or declare 4♠?

June 01 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1♠
2NT 3 Pass ???
       

 

You open the auction with 1♠, West makes a 2NT overcall – must be the unusual 2NT – showing two lower unbid suits. Much to your surprise North bids 3.

What should you bid after this cuebid by North?

May 25 2016

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You reach the best game contract of 4♠, rejecting the inferior contract of 5♣. West leads the ♥Q. From a holding of AKQ, the opponents play the opening lead convention that queen asks for count. East plays the ♥2, showing an odd number of cards. West cashes the ♥A, and since he knows that a third heart will not cash, he shifts to the ♣5. How do you play the contract at IMPs where overtricks are immaterial?

May 18 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1♣
Pass 1 Pass 3NT
Pass 4♣ Pass ?
       
       

 

After you open the auction by bidding 1♣ and your partner responds with 1 you show your strength with 3 NT – indicating points and a solid suit of at least five clubs with three honours in clubs. Obligingly your partner goes to 4♣ showing three cards support in clubs and slam interest. Now that clubs is the agreed trump suit, how are going to proceed – what are you going to bid?

May 11 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
Pass 1 Pass 1NT
Pass 2 All pass  

 

     

 

East leads the A, taking your king of diamonds straight away (it is noteworthy that West plays the J into the trick), then East leads diamonds for the second time – the 6, you play the 3 from dummy, West plays the Q, you ruff and gain the lead. Plan your play.

May 04 2016

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The Auction:

West North East South
  1NT Dbl 4*
Pass 4♠ Pass Pass

Pass

* Texas transfer

 

You are North declaring 4♠ after your partner`s Texas transfer. After seeing both hands you realize that you might be defeated, as you miss the ♣AK, the A and the ♠K.

April 27 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
      1
Pass 1 1NT! 2
Pass 4NT Pass 5
Pass 6 Pass 7
All pass

! Sandwich 1NT

     

 

You have reached a contract of 7 and as you were the one who had the wits to go one step further and bid a grand slam, you quietly congratulate yourself. The opening lead by East is the ♠4. How do you continue with the task of taking all the rest of the tricks?

 

April 20 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
    Pass 1♣
Pass 1 Pass 2♣
Pass 3NT Pass ?
       
       

Your partner has done it again, going straight to 3NT. What are you going to bid? You have a singleton in spades and a doubleton heart, but as you partner has bid hearts, hearts probably won’t be a problem. Should you pass or should you go on? If going on, should you bid clubs one more time or should you indicate your lack of spades?

 

April 13 2016

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The Auction:

West North East South
  1 Dbl 1NT
All pass      

With eight high card points promising one or two honour tricks and a weak five-card suit of clubs, you know that 1NT is a sensible call. West leads the ♣4; East wins the trick with the ♣K and leads the ♣8.

April 06 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
Pass Pass 1 Pass
2 Pass 2 Pass
2NT Pass 4 Pass
Pass Pass    
       

 

East has won the contract with 4 and you must lead. What is your choice for the opening lead? Can you make the opponents go down?

March 30 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
1♣ 3♠ Pass 4NT
Pass 5♠ Pass 6♠

 

North is playing 6♠. East, who has solidly passed all through the auction, leads the 3, so right in the beginning you are faced with a dilemma: to finesse or not to finesse?

March 23 2016

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The Auction:

 

West North East South
    Pass 1
Pass 2 Pass 2♠
Pass 3 Pass 4NT
Pass 5 Pass 6NT
       

 

You are South in this deal, declaring 6NT. West leads the ♣J. Plan your play.

March 16 2016

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The Auction:

West North East South
      1NT
Pass 2♣ Pass 2
Pass 2NT Pass 3NT
Pass Pass Pass  

With 17 HCP and your partner indicating 8-9 points by bidding 2NT, you go to 3 NT.

West leads the ♠10, indicating length in spades. Is it possible to make the contract?