HAND NO 48: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q J 7 6 5 3
Q 8 2
K Q
A

 

West

East

 

10 8
6 4 3
J 3 2
9 8 7 6 5 4

9 4
A 9 7
10 6 5 4
K J 3 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
4(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

4(2)
6(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Gerber Convention, asks for aces, forcing for one round

(3) Two aces

(4) 6+ , closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: 10 (top of a doubleton)

PLAN

Possible loser: the heart ace.

Line of play: routine play; pull trumps and establish the heart winners.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 10, 3, 4, K

Holding a worthless hand, West chooses to lead a trump, refusing to give declarer a free finesse in one of the side suits.

South wins his ace, pulls two rounds of trumps and dislodges the heart ace for twelve winners.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract. The defense take the heart ace.

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