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Slam Bidding Judgment


West

2 NT
3 NT
4 S!
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 S
3 D
4 D
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S K J 10
H A 9 6 5
D 3
C Q 9 6 5 4
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 E
4 N
5 E
6 W
7 E
Lead
H Q
H 10
S 5
S J
D 2
D 4
S 6!
2nd
3
4
3
A
9
C 4
C 7
3rd
6
5
Q
8
K
A
C 2
4th
2
S 4
K
2
3
7
10
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
S Q 2
H K 8 4 3
D K 5 4
C A K J 2
TableS A 9 7 6 5 4
H 2
D A Q 10 6 2
C 3
Bidding
 
 
 
Play
Opener’s third bid
Simple preference bid
West is discouraged by
heart and club kings
Throw-in play
S 8 3
H Q J 10 7
D J 9 8 7
C 10 8 7
4 S by East9 top tricksNorth is endplayedmade 4 -420


West

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
North

1 H
2 NT
4 C!
6 H
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
1 S
3 H
4 D
Board 2
N-S Vul
S K 3
H A Q J 9
D 7 5 4
C A 9 7 2
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 W
4 N
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 N
Lead
H 3
D 4
H 4
C A
C 2
S 4
H A
H Q
2nd
2
6
9
4
5
5
6
7
3rd
10
J!
5
3
H K
K
S 7
S 9
4th
J
Q
8
6
10
2
S 6
S 8
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
S Q 8 6 5
H 10 4
D Q 10 2
C Q J 10 6
TableS J 10 2
H 7 6 5 3
D 9 6
C K 8 5 4
Bidding
 
 
 
Play
Opener’s third bid
Control-showing bid
North is encouraged by
ideal club holding
Seven-card trump fit
S A 9 7 4
H K 8 2
D A K J 8 3
C 3
6 H by North9 top tricksWin the restmade 6 +1430


West

1 C
3 H
6 C
North

Pass
Pass
All Pass
East

3 C
3 S!
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 7 5
H Q J 10
D K J 8 5
C 7 4 3 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 S
7 W
8 E
9 W
Lead
H Q
D A!
C 5
D 7
S 2!
H 5
H 7
D 10
C Q
2nd
2
5
2
6
7
K
J
9
3
3rd
3
4
8
C 10
K
10
C 6
C J
K
4th
A
2
D 3
8
A
4
6
J
S 3
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S J 8 6 2
H A K 8 7
D A
C Q J 10 5
TableS K Q 4
H 4 2
D 10 7 4
C A K 9 8 6
Bidding
 
 
 
Play
 
Follow up minor raise
Strength-showing bid
West is encouraged by
East’s spade strength
Ruff in short hand
Keep trump control
S A 10 9 3
H 9 6 5 3
D Q 9 6 3 2
C
6 C by West8 top tricksDraw trump, claimmade 6 -1370


West
2 H
Pass
North
Dbl
Pass
East
4 H
Pass
South
4 S!
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 8 7 6
H 7
D Q 8 3 2
C A K 5 3
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 S
5 S
6 S
7 N
8 S
9 S
10 W
Lead
D A
H Q
S Q
S J
S 10
C 6
D 3!
H K
C 7
C 8
2nd
2
7
3
2
5
2
9
4
Q
A
3rd
5
3
6
7
8
K
J
D 8
3!
J
4th
4
A
4
H 5
D 7
4
H 2
8
9
10
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
7 2
8 2
S 5 3 2
H Q J 10 6 4 2
D A
C Q 8 2
TableS 4
H 9 8 5 3
D K 10 9 7 5
C J 9 4
Bidding
 
 
 
Play
 
Combat weak two-bid
Resp to takeout double
South is cautious with
strength in enemy suit
Lead toward honor
Avoidance duck
S A Q J 10 9
H A K
D J 6 4
C 10 7 6
4 S by South9 top tricksWin the restmade 5 +650


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Practice 3S05 by Richard Pavlicek

Slam Bidding Judgment II


West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
2 NT
4 S!
5 C
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
3 H1
4 NT
6 S
Board 1
None Vul
S A Q 10 4
H A Q
D A Q 5 4
C K 5 2
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 S
9 N
10 S
Lead
H 2
S A
S Q
S 10
H 8
C 2
H K
C 4!
C 5
D 10
2nd
5
3
9
J
6
8
9
7
J
2
3rd
J
5
6
K
Q
A
D 4
K
S 7
5
4th
A
2
H 4
C 3
3
6
7
9
10
J
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
9 1
S 2
H J 9 6 4
D 8 7 2
C Q 10 7 6 3
TableS J 9 3
H 10 7 3 2
D K J 3
C J 9 8
Note 1
Bidding
 
 
Play
Jacoby transfer bid
Key-card Blackwood
Jump to 4 S shows max
with 4+ trumps
Ruff/discard endplay
S K 8 7 6 5
H K 8 5
D 10 9 6
C A 4
6 S by North11 top tricksEast is endplayedmade 6 +980


West

2 S
3 H
4 NT
6 NT!
North

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 H
3 C
4 H
5 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 9 8
H Q J 8
D A Q 10 3
C 10 9 8 6
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 E
5 E
6 E
7 W
8 W
9 W
10 W
11 W
Lead
C 10
S 5
C A
C Q
C J
H 2
S A
S K
S Q
S J
D 9
2nd
4
8
3
5
7
7
9
D 3
D 10
D Q
A
3rd
2
10
D 5
D 8
H 4
A
H 3
H 6
H 9!
H 10!
6
4th
K
2
6
8
9
8
3
4
6
7
2
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
10 1
S A K Q J 5
H A 5 4
D K 9 8 5
C K
TableS 10
H K 10 9 6 3 2
D J 6
C A Q J 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Key-card Blackwood
South wins! (at poker)
Untangle tricks
Delayed-duck squeeze
S 7 6 4 3 2
H 7
D 7 4 2
C 7 5 3 2
6 NT by West11 top tricksWin the restmade 6 -990


West

Dbl
North

5 H
East

Dbl!
South
2 H
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 8
H 10 6 5 3
D A 10 3
C K 10 7 5 2
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 E
4 E
5 N
6 W
7 N
8 S
9 S
10 S
Lead
S K
H K!
H A
S 7!
C 2
S Q!
C 5
H Q
H J
D Q
2nd
8
4
7
3
6
H 10
3
D 4
S 4
K
3rd
A!
2
D 2
10
4
6
H 8
C 7
C 10
A
4th
2
3
5
H 6
8
5
J
S 9
C 9
6
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
1 4
2 4
3 4
4 4
5 4
6 4
S K Q 10 4
H 2
D K 7 5 4 2
C A J 8
TableS A J 9 7 6
H A K
D J 6
C Q 9 6 3
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Combat weak two-bid
Combat sacrifice bid
Overtaking play
Force dummy to ruff
S 5 3 2
H Q J 9 8 7 4
D Q 9 8
C 4
5 H× by South5 top tricksLose 1 more trickdown 3 -500


West
1 S
3 C
4 D
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
2 D
3 NT
4 NT!
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S K J 10 5
H 10 5 2
D 10 6 5 2
C 9 8
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 S
4 N
5 W
6 W
7 E
8 S
9 W
10 W
Lead
H 6
H Q!
S 8
C 9
D Q
D J
H 9
S 7
C A
D 4
2nd
3
A
9!
J
2
5
J
A
8
6
3rd
10
S 3
10
Q
7
K!
C 2
5
5
8
4th
K
2
6
K
3
H 4
5
C 4
6
S 2
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
5 3
6 3
7 3
S A Q 9 4 3
H 3
D Q J 4
C A K 3 2
TableS 6
H K Q 9 8
D A K 9 8 7
C J 5 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Shape-showing bid
Slam decision
Go after sure trick
Overtaking play
S 8 7 2
H A J 7 6 4
D 3
C Q 10 7 6
4 NT by East8 top tricksClaim the restmade 4 -630


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Practice 3S09 by Richard Pavlicek

Slam Bidding Judgment III


West

3 H
Pass
Pass
North
2 C
3 S
5 S
6 NT
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
4 S
5 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S A K Q J 9 3
H 8 2
D A 6
C A K 9
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 N
4 N
5 N
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 N
10 S
11 S
Lead
C Q
S A
S K
S Q
S J
S 9
S 3
D A
D 6
D Q
H 10!
2nd
K
7
5
C 4
C 5
H 5
D 3
4
9
H Q
A
3rd
3
2
6
8
10
H 3
D 2
7
K
C 9!
2
4th
2
4
H 4
H 7
D 5
H 9
C 8
8
H J
10
6
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
10 0
10 1
S 4
H A Q J 9 7 4
D 8 5
C Q J 10 8
TableS 7 5
H 6 5
D J 10 9 4 3
C 6 5 4 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Opening 2 C & response
Bid of 5 in a major
Placing enemy cards
Delayed-duck squeeze
S 10 8 6 2
H K 10 3
D K Q 7 2
C 7 2
6 NT by South11 top tricksWin the restmade 6 +990


West

1 S
3 H
North

Pass
Pass
East
1 D
1 NT
3 NT
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 6
H J 8 7 5 3
D A 10 9 8 7
C 6 4
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 W
7 W
8 E
9 N
10 E
11 E
Lead
C 10
S 2
D 2!
S 9
H A
H K
C 3
D Q
D 10
C A!
D 6!
2nd
2
5
7
10
5
7
6
4
J
9
S 7
3rd
4
J
K
Q
2
4
J
S 3
5
Q
S K
4th
K
6
3
H 3
C 5
C 7
8
A
S 4
D 9
8
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
7 1
8 1
9 1
9 2
S K Q J 4 3
H A K Q 10
D 2
C Q 3 2
TableS 9 2
H 9 6 4 2
D K Q J 6
C A K J
Bidding
Play
 
Slam decision
Lead toward honor
Throw-in play
S A 10 8 7 5
H
D 5 4 3
C 10 9 8 7 5
3 NT by East6 top tricksNorth is endplayedmade 5 -460


West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

2 H
4 C
5 H
East

Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
3 H
4 H
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 2
H A K J 9 4 3
D 7 2
C A K J 2
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 W
4 N
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 S
9 N
10 S
Lead
D A
D 5
C 7
H A
S 2!
S 6!
H 3
S 8!
H J
S K
2nd
J
Q
A
7
4
9
D 4
10
D 9
Q
3rd
8
K
8
2
A
H 9
10
H 4
Q
C 2
4th
2
7
3
6
3
5
5
7
8
D 10
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S Q 10 9 3
H 8 6 5
D K 8 6 3
C 7 6
TableS 7 5 4
H 7
D A 10 9 5 4
C Q 10 9 8
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Control-showing bid
Bid of 5 in a major
Combine chances
Set up dummy’s suit
Choose lead at suit
S A K J 8 6
H Q 10 2
D Q J
C 5 4 3
5 H by North10 top tricksWin the restmade 5 +450


West
Pass
1 S
4 NT
6 S
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 H
4 S
5 C
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 8 7 3
H 4
D 8 6 4
C K 10 9 8 5 4
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 W
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 W
9 W
10 W
Lead
H 4
S 4
C 3!
C 6
D 5
C 7
S 2
S 9
S 6
S 5!
2nd
5
3
J
5
J
8
D 3
8
C 9
C 10
3rd
8
A
A
S Q!
A
S K!
10
D 7
D 10
H 6
4th
Q
J
4
2
4
Q
7
H 3
D Q
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
S 10 9 6 5 4
H Q 2
D A 9 2
C A 7 6
TableS A K Q 2
H A K 7 6 5
D 10 7 5
C 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Slam decision
Key-card Blackwood
Read enemy lead
Use trumps as entries
S J
H J 10 9 8 3
D K Q J 3
C Q J 2
6 S by West10 top tricksSouth is squeezedmade 7 -1460


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