HAND NO 49: SLAM BIDDING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

5
10 9 8 6 4 3
10 8 6
6 4 3

Q 8 7 6 4 2
5
7 5 4 3
A 7

 

South

 

K 10 3
Q J 7
A 9 2
K Q J 5

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
Pass

Pass
Pass

6NT(2)
 

Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Balanced hand, 18-19 HCP, closing

CONTRACT: 6NT South

OPENING LEAD: 10 (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Eleven sure winners: two spades, three hearts, three diamonds and three clubs.

Line of play: find the spade queen.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 10, A, 5, 7

Trick 2 N: 2, 7, J, 3

Trick 3 S: Q, 4, 8, A

Trick 4 E: 7, A, 6, J

Trick 5 S: 2, 8, Q, 3

Trick 6 N: K, 4, 9, 10

Trick 7 S: K, 6, 9, 2

Trick 8 S: 5, 3, 10, 4

Trick 9 N: 2, 7, J, 4

Trick 10 S: Q, 6, K, 6

Declarer now knows that West started with six hearts (because East followed to only one round), three clubs and at least three diamonds, leaving him with at most one spade.

South can safely cash his spade ace and lead toward his king-jack tenace for twelve tricks: three spades, three hearts, three diamonds and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes his club ace.

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