It was a good day at the club as Larry Hansen and I held all the cards, bid and made nearly all our games and a slam, and posted a 71.8% game. Here is a hand we defended.
While I was looking at this uninspiring collection, RHO opened 1D, LHO bid 1H and RHO rebid 1NT. The bidding went pass, pass to partner who balanced with 2C. The bidding went pass, pass again and LHO thought for a while and bid 2NT.
Partner's bid got me off to the best lead of a club. In with a diamond, I returned a club and declarer couldn't come to 8 tricks. Down 1 was a tie for top. Nearly half the field scored 120 which could happen, especially if I made the unfortunate lead of a diamond. Larry held 8-10 points including QJxxx of clubs and the ace of spades.
Don't be afraid to balance. It can pay off in more ways than one: you can buy the contract and improve the score, or you can get partner off to the right lead if you defend.
See you at the table!