Spade Heart Bytown Bridge Club Diamond Club
Bytown Bridge Club
Jan 11, 2017 Finesses
Interesting Card Combination

 

Easy Slam

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
Q J 9 6 2
K 8 6 5
9
J 10 9
8 7
A J 9
K 6 5 3 2
A 6 5
 
N
W   E
S
 
A
4 3 2
A Q J 8 7 4
K Q 8
7
12    16
5
K 10 5 4 3
Q 10 7
10
7 4 3 2

EW 6♦; EW 5N; EW 2♥; EW 3♣; EW 1♠; Par −920

West North East South
  Pass 1 ♦ Pass
3 ♦ Pass 6 ♦ All pass

 

There are several ways to get to 6 ♦, one of which is just to blast. A better auction would have been for East to bid 3 ♠ over partner's diamond raise. The cuebid promises first round control of spades. Wet would show her club control by bidding 4 ♣ and later show her heart control or directly bid 6 ♦ when she knows her side has all the aces.

Declarer must play delicately to make her contract. She will win the opening lead, draw trump, cash the ♠ A, cash the high clubs ending in dummy and ruff the last spade. She will have effectively removed spades and clubs from both her hand and the dummy. She can now lead a heart and cover whichever card South plays. North will win but must either lead a heart into dummy's tenace or give declarer a ruff sluff.

This is a play which occurs frequently. When you are missing three top honours but have the intermediate cards you can win two tricks if you can create a situation where you endplay one opponent as in the layout above.