HAND NO 45: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A J 10 3
K 7
K 6
A Q 8 4 3

 

West

East

 

8
Q 10 8
Q J 10 8 2
10 9 7 6

7 4
9 6 5 3 2
9 7 4 3
K J

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

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

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

3(2)
4NT(4)
5NT(6)
6(8)
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 6+ , 13+ HCP, forcing to game

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

(5) Two aces, forcing for one round

(6) Blackwood convention, asks for kings, forcing for one round

(7) One king, forcing for one round

(8) Closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Possible loser: one club.

Line of play: routine play; pull trumps and take the the club finesse for an extra trick.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, K, 3, 5

Declarer pulls two rounds of trumps and cashes his winners, losing the club finesse at the end.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes one club trick.

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