HAND NO 47: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A K 4 3
6 5
A Q 7 2
K 7 5

 

West

East

 

J 10 9 8
K 10 8 2
6 5
9 8 3

7 6
J 9 7 4
J 10 9 8
J 10 6

 

South

 

Q 5 2
A Q 3
K 4 3
A Q 4 2

 

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: J (top of a sequence)

PLAN

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

Line of play: find a 3-3 break in spades, diamonds or clubs or take the heart finesse.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: J, K, 6, 2

Trick 2 N: 2, 8, K, 5

Trick 3 S: 3, 6, Q, 9

Trick 4 N: A, 10, 4, 2

Trick 5 N: K, 6, 2, 3

Trick 6 N: 5, 10, Q, 8

Trick 7 S: A, 9, 7, J

Trick 8 S: 4, 8, 7, J

Trick 9 S: Q, 9, 3, 7

Trick 10 N: 5, 10, A, 4

Declarer now has a complete count of West's hand: 4-4-2-3, leaving him with one spade and two hearts.

There is no need to risk the heart finesse. Declarer can throw West in with his last spade, forcing a heart return toward South's ace-queen tenace.

Trick 11 N: 4, 7, 3, J

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes a spade trick.

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