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Test Your Slam Play


from Bill Jacobs

bill.jacobs55@gmail.com

♠ 10 5
K 5 4
A Q
♣ K J 10 6 5 2
♠ —


♣ —
N
WE
S
♠ —


♣ —
♠ A K Q J 7
9 8
K 8 4 2
♣ A Q
WestNorthEastSouth
3 PassPass4 ♠
Pass4 NTPass5
Pass5 Pass6 ♠
PassPassPass

West cashes HA and follows with HJ: East follows low, queen - phew, dodged a bullet there. It should now be plain sailing, no?


Solution

West Deals
N-S Vul
♠ 10 5
K 5 4
A Q
♣ K J 10 6 5 2
♠ —
A J 10 7 6 3
J 10 6 3
♣ 9 8 7
N
WE
S
♠ 9 8 6 4 3 2
Q 2
9 7 5
♣ 4 3
♠ A K Q J 7
9 8
K 8 4 2
♣ A Q

Almost anyone could make this if both follow to a round of trumps. So the most cautious of declarers would set their mind to making it if East has all 6 spades. In that case, the only way 6S can be made is if you ruff a diamond with dummy's S10.

So at trick 3, make the key play: a low spade to your Ace. If all follow, return to dummy's S10. If all follow to that, ruff a heart and claim. If West shows out on the second trump, come back to DK and claim.

If West has a spade void, then you will need East to follow to two rounds of each minor. Cash CAQ then DAQ, leaving you in dummy. Now play CK.

If East follows or discards, discard a diamond, ruff a club (over ruffing East), ruff your last diamond, then play a club to make the rest of your trumps.

If East ruffs CK, over ruff, cash DK, then ruff your last diamond for the same effect.

And you thought the hand was a claimer after trick 2!

The moral: Never stop asking the question: what could go wrong?



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