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Test Your Slam Play


from Bill Jacobs

bill.jacobs55@gmail.com

♠ A K Q J 9 7 2
4 2
10 6 2
♣ K
♠ —


♣ —
N
WE
S
♠ —


♣ —
♠ 10 3
K 10 8 3
A J 4 3
♣ A Q J
WestNorthEastSouth
1 NT
Pass2 Pass2 ♠
Pass4 NTPass5
Pass6 ♠PassPass
Pass
6 ♠ by South

West leads a trump and East follows suit. How do you play it?


Solution

South Deals
None Vul
♠ A K Q J 9 7 2
4 2
10 6 2
♣ K
♠ 6 5 4
A J 7 5
K
♣ 9 7 6 5 3
N
WE
S
♠ 8
Q 9 6
Q 9 8 7 5
♣ 10 8 4 2
♠ 10 3
K 10 8 3
A J 4 3
♣ A Q J

The main game is to hope the HA is onside.

You can give yourself a secondary chance by leading a low diamond from dummy, planning to play DA. Maybe someone has a singleton honour, or doubleton KQ. Or maybe East, holding some number of diamonds to the KQ, will split his honours - after all, on another layout that might be a necessary defence.

If nothing exciting happens, you take the DA, discard dummy's diamonds on your clubs, and later say a heartfelt prayer.

But if a diamond honour appears, you can discard hearts on the clubs, and build your twelfth trick in diamonds.

The moral: Having seen the main chance, take a moment or two to consider any secondary chance.



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