HAND NO 43: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

A Q 6
J
K 10 5
A K Q 9 3 2

 

West

East

 

J 10 7 3
8 7 4 3
7 4 2
8 4

K 9 5
A 10 9 5 2
8
J 10 7 6

 

South

 

8 4 2
K Q 6
A Q J 9 6 3
5

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
3(3)
5(5)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

3(2)
4NT(4)
6(6)
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5/6+ , 19+ HCP, forcing to game

(3) Five cards or more in diamonds, 13+ HCP

(4) Blackwood convention, asks for aces, forcing for one round

(5) One unspecified ace, forcing for one round

(6) Closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: J (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Three possible losers: two spades and one heart.

Line of play: discard losers ont dummy's good clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: J, A, 5, 2

Declarer does not need the spade finesse. He can pull trumps and discard his spade losers on dummy's master clubs.

Trick 2 N: K, 8, 3, 2

Trick 3 N: 10, 2, 6, 4

Trick 4 N: 5, 5, 9, 7

If the clubs split 3-3, there will be thirteen winners. Otherwise, South will concede the heart ace.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes the ace of hearts.

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