HAND NO 44: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

A 8 6 4
7 5 4
A K Q J 7
8

 

West

East

 

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


Q 10 8 3 2
8 5 2
J 7 5 4 2

 

South

 

K J 9 7 2
A
10 4 3
A K Q 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(2)
4NT(4)
5NT(6)
6(8)

 
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

1(1)
3(3)
5(5)
6(7)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ , 6+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) Support of 4+ , 16-18 TP, invitational

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

(5) Two aces, forcing for one round

(6) Blackwood convention, asks for kings, confirms four aces for the partnership, forcing for one round

(7) One king, forcing for one round

(8) Closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: 10 (top of a doubleton)

PLAN

Possible losers: one or two trumps.

Line of play: play the spade suit for one loser.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 10, 8, 2, Q

Trick 2 S: K, 3, 4, 2

Trick 3 S: J, Q, A, 3

Declarer will lose only one trick to West's spade ten.

Remark: if declarer carelessly plays his spade ace at trick two, he will end up losing two tricks to west's spade queen and ten.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes one spade trick.


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