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Test Your Slam Play


from Bill Jacobs

bill.jacobs55@gmail.com

7 3 2
Q 5 3
J 7 5
6 4 3 2
N
WE
S
A K
A K 9 6 4
A K 4 3
A K
WestNorthEastSouth
   2 
Pass2 Pass2 
Pass4 Pass6 
PassPassPass 
6  by South

West leads D10. You decide to play DJ from dummy and East graciously follows with the D6. Plan the play.


Solution

South Deals
Both Vul
7 3 2
Q 5 3
J 7 5
6 4 3 2
Q 10 4
8
Q 10 9 8 2
Q 10 8 5
N
WE
S
J 9 8 6 5
J 10 7 2
6
J 9 7
A K
A K 9 6 4
A K 4 3
A K
WestNorthEastSouth
   2 
Pass2 Pass2 
Pass4 Pass6 
PassPassPass 
6  by South

You have to feel for West, who truly had the opening lead problem from hell.

Now, how best to hold your red suit losers to at most one? You should attempt to ruff the fourth diamond in dummy, in case the suit does not divide 3-3. Achieving that is a little trickier than it might look.

The key play is right here at trick 2: you must lead a diamond off the table. If East started with a singleton diamond (West can't have a singleton diamond), you don't want him ruffing a diamond honour.

If East ruffs, you follow with your low diamond and subsequently draw trumps and claim. If East discards, or follows suit, then win DA, play HA, heart to dummy's HQ, and a third diamond from dummy, leaving East with the same dilemma. If he discards again, then ruff your diamond loser with dummy's last trump.

The moral: Against gracious opponents, don't be gracious in return, at least in the bridge aspect.



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