N E S W
1
P 1 P 3
P 4♠ P P
P

As the opening bidder, West has the ‘dreaded’ 4-4-4-1 shape. I would always recommend to open a minor on these kinds of hands as you might have to lie and pretend you are 5:4, and lying about a minor is nowhere near as bad as lying about a major! West therefore opens 1and East replies with 1♠ (always show a major before supporting a minor if possible). West jump supports East’s spades to the 3 level based on their LTC (they only have a 6 loser hand) and West then raises this to game to end the auction. South starts with a top of a sequence lead of the Q, which looks rather menacing for our K on the table! What is your plan to try and make your game here?

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