Not all +200s are tops though. Especially when they come like this one from a recent club game.
the lead of a low diamond and quickly made 11 tricks for +200 (After a 1S-2S auction, if they don't lead spades, you can pretty much assume that the opening leader has the queen of trumps. So, I played a club towards the king and led towards the king of spades and finessed the 10 on the way back. Then, I led hearts towards my hand twice. East took his Ace on the second round and I had my 11 tricks.). I thought this was a good enough board -- 11 tricks on 22 points should be.
But this +200 was not match point magic -- several of the pairs bid and made exactly 4S. How would you have found your way to game?
p.s. Thanks to JRG of Bridge Blogging for sharing his HTML tools with me. What do you think of the diagrams in this post? Beats the 1980s look of my previous hand diagrams, doesn't it?
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