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South Deals
E-W Vul
8 6 3
10 9 5 4
K 9 7 5 4
9 7
A Q 7 3
Q 5
Q J 10 3 2
K 10 5 4
J 6
A J 8 4 2
8 6
A Q J 2
K 8 2
K 10 9 6 3
South West North East
1 NT All Pass

Our declarer today is Matt Ginsberg's "GIB" program. GIB has some strange ideas about bidding, including a tendency to open 1 NT rather often. [ This was as of 1997 - GIB's bidding has improved since.]
West led the Q, and GIB could do no better or worse than the average human, winning in hand.
Short of entries, GIB exited its hand with the 10, which West won with the queen. East signaled, mysteriously, with the 8. East's signal was going to prove costly under the eagle eye of GIB.
West continued the J, which GIB won in dummy, pitching a small heart from hand. GIB then took the spade finesse, which won, and exited with the K, pitching a spade from dummy.
East won and led the J, GIB covered and West won the A. West exited with the 9, on which East contributed his king, and GIB won the ace. GIB was at this position:
10 9 5
9 7 5
Q 7 3
Q 3 2
10 5
J 4 2
J 2
10 6 3
GIB led the 8, and West very smoothly ducked. If West had won the heart, he'd have to conceded four of the remaining tricks to dummy.
GIB then played 10, which East won.
East exited a spade, and GIB won the jack. When West failed to follow, GIB "knew" exactly what East's remaining cards were, found the endplay for the overtrick, throwing in East in with the last spade.
East was forced to lead from his 4-2 into GIB's 6-3, giving GIB an overtrick.
If East had ducked the 10, GIB was still going to make its overtrick, by immediately playing the J-2, forcing East to lead from J-4 into 6-3.
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