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Test Your Slam Play


from Bill Jacobs

bill.jacobs55@gmail.com

A K 5
A K 3
A 9 7 6 5 3
7
N
WE
S
9 7 6 2
Q J 5 4
K 2
A 10 8
WestNorthEastSouth
 1 Pass1 
Pass3 Pass3 NT
Pass4 Pass6 1
PassPassPass 
  1. not such a smart bid
6  by South

The C3 is led to the CK and your ace. Take it from there.


Solution

North Deals
Both Vul
A K 5
A K 3
A 9 7 6 5 3
7
Q 10
10 9 8 7
Q 8 4
Q 9 6 3
N
WE
S
J 8 4 3
6 2
J 10
K J 5 4 2
9 7 6 2
Q J 5 4
K 2
A 10 8

You haven't lived until you've played a slam in a dodgy 4-3 fit.

You will need to set up dummy's diamonds but also maintain the communications required to draw trumps.

Playing three rounds of diamonds ruffing the third round will leave you without trump control, and down you go. Discarding on the third round of diamonds is better, but then another club will force out dummy's low trump, leaving you without the entry to hand needed to draw trumps. Down you go.

The solution is to duck a diamond right now, leading the D2 and playing low from dummy. This retains the DK in your hand, which is the entry required to draw trumps. No other play will succeed.

All you need is diamonds 3-2 and trumps no worse than 4-2. Not such a dodgy slam after all.

The moral: Perhaps this was a match point event. Who cares about a near top in 6D when you can score a complete top in 6H?


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