Fringe

Hi all

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Here’s a deal from the San Francisco sectional that has been giving me head ache:

West
North
East
South
3
3
pass
???
South
872
AQT2
A9862
Q

After partner has overcalled the first problem arises: where to bin your hand? Is it a top heavy invite? Investigate other games than 5? Or enter a slammish sequence perhaps? But those three small are a bit smelly…

At the table I bid a loaded 4, hoping partner would bid (a natural) 4, perhaps 4NT with a softish hand, or continue to 5 with a control rich hand. The result was the same at both tables: 5 down 1.

West Dealer
NS Vul
North
T643
KJ
KQJT7
AJ
West
Q
653
53
KT98642
East
AKJ95
9874
4
753
South
872
AQT2
A9862
Q

It bothers me quite a lot that I can’t figure out a way to reach a sensible contract. Expert players and established partnerships offer me a broad range of answers, but most of them do something slammish. Opposite hands like:

North
AKx
Kx
KQxxx
xxx

Slam is laydown.

I guess I just have to accept that the deal above is a fringe. And that a slammish sequence (say 5) is an IMP positive action.

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