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Slam with an Overtrick

Playing in the monthly club championship you are having a steady game with your regular partner. A victory might be imminent with a few more good boards, and you pick up this hand as South:

E-W Vul

S Q 7
H A K 2
D K J 4
C K J 8 6 4

What is your opening bid? _____

Don’t worry about not having a stopper in spades. With a balanced hand it is desirable to show your point count. Partner responds 2 C (Stayman) and the opponents pass throughout. Your rebid? _____

Of course. This denies a four-card major. Surprisingly, partner continues with 3 D. Has he lost his mind? What do you bid now? _____

Partner’s bid is game forcing and shows a real diamond suit. Rather than raise to 4 D (which takes you beyond 3 NT) you should bid the major suit you have stopped. (This cannot be a real suit because of your 2 D bid). Partner next bids 4 C. What do you bid now? _____

Partner’s bid shows club control (usually the ace). You have a nice hand for him, but lacking control in spades you can’t go to slam. This bid emphasizes your heart control. Partner is encouraged and jumps to 6 D, which you pass.

Oops! You were just about to lay down the dummy, but it turns out that you will be declarer since you bid diamonds first.

West leads the H 7, and partner lays down a respectable hand for his bidding. This is what you see:

6 D South

S 9
H Q 10 8 5
D A Q 8 7 6 5
C A 2
Lead: H 7Table
S Q 7
H A K 2
D K J 4
C K J 8 6 4

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit offers the best chance to make your contract? _____

Will you finesse in clubs? _____

You cover the H 7 with the eight and capture East’s nine with the ace. Which card do you lead? _____

Both follow with a low diamond. Which card do you lead next? _____

You win the D Q in dummy, and East discards the S 5. Which card do you lead next? _____

Now is the time to start the clubs. Both follow. What next? _____

You win this with the king (both follow but the queen does not drop). Which card do you lead next? _____

West plays the C 10 and you ruff in dummy as East discards the S 2. Which card do you lead next? _____

This gives you an entry to your hand and draws West’s last trump in the process. What next? _____ TopMain

West plays the C Q and you ruff in dummy as East discards a heart. Here is what’s left:

6 D South

S 9
H Q 10 5
North leadsTable
S Q 7
H K 2

Your slam is now assured since the C J is good. Which card do you lead from dummy? _____

Apply the pressure! East discards the S K, you the S 7, and West the S 3. What next? _____

East plays the H 6, you win the king, and West discards the S 6. Which card do you lead now? _____

West discards the S 9, North the S 9, and East the S A. Which card do you lead now? _____

Excellent! This is good because East was forced to throw both high spades to protect hearts. You win all 13 tricks for a top board!

The E-W hands:

S J 10 8 6 3
H 7
D 10 9 2
C Q 10 9 3
TableS A K 5 4 2
H J 9 6 4 3
D 3
C 7 5


Bidding:1 NT
2 D
3 H
4 H
D 4
C 2
C 6
D 7
C 8
Play:D A
H 5

© 2013 Richard Pavlicek