LESSON 11.9: SLAM BIDDING BETWEEN A BALANCED HAND
AND A HAND HOLDING A SIX-CARD SUIT

a)

Dealer: South

South

A Q
Q 10 8 6
A K 7
10 9 7 3

North

7 4 2
A K 9 7 5 2
Q 10 9 4


South

West

North

East

1NT
4

Pass
Pass

3
?

Pass
 

5 or 6

With a void and a solid trump fit, a small slam is possible with as few as 23-24 HCP and a grand slam with 26+ HCP

b)

Dealer: South

South

A Q
J 10 8 6
A K 7
Q 9 7 3

North

K 4 2
A K Q 7 5 2
10 4
K 4

South

West

North

East

1NT
4
5

Pass
Pass
Pass

3
4NT
?

Pass
Pass
 

6NT

With a solid six-card or more suit, slam will often play better in notrump than in a suit (with as few as 28-32 HCP without a singleton nor a void)

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