HAND NO 46: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 7 3
K Q 5
K J 9
A J 8 6

 

West

East

 

6 4 2
J 7 6 4
8 7 2
Q 10 3

10 9 8 5
A 3 2
10 5 4 3
4 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
6NT(3)

Pass
Pass

4NT(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Balanced hand, 16-17 HCP, invites to a small slam

(3) Balanced hand, 16-17 HCP, closing

CONTRACT: 6NT South

OPENING LEAD: 4 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Nine sure winners: three spades, one heart, three diamonds and two clubs.

Line of play: establish winners in hearts and clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 4, Q, A, 8

Trick 2 E: 3, 9, J, K

Declarer must now win the rest of the tricks, which means playing the club suit for four winners.

Trick 3 S: A, 2, 3, 5

Trick 4 S: K, 4, 7, 8

Trick 5 S: J, 6, Q, 9

Trick 6 N: K, 3, 6, 2

Trick 7 N: J, 4, Q, 7

Trick 8 S: A, 8, 9, 5

Trick 9 S: 10, 5, 9, 2

Trick 10 S: K, 3, 6, 2

Trick 11 S: 10, Q, A, 4

The club finesse works and declarer has his twelve tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes the heart ace.

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