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Play Problem 023
Play Problem 23

This is a hand from Board 18 played at Emsworth on Tuesday evening (hands rotated):

 

Dealer North, East/West vulnerable

 

The auction

 

N

 

E

 

S

 

W

Pass

 

1♠

 

2♦

 

2♠

3♦

 

3♠

 

4NT*

 

Pass

5♦**

 

Pass

 

6♦

 

End

 

* Blackwood

** One ace

 

West led 4♠.

Can you make 6?

 

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♠4 led

 

Win ♠A and cash ♣AK. Ruff ♣3 in dummy and play ♥A, discarding the losing spade from hand.

Return to hand and now ruff ♣4 in dummy and play dummy’s last trump. East can go up with his ♦A when he chooses, but the remainder of declarer’s hand is good.

 

Although North/South only hold 22 HCPs between them this is a good slam to be in. It only needs clubs to break 3 – 3 (35½%) or 4 – 2 with the length with East (another 24%) or 4 – 2 with the length with West and West also holding the ♦A (about 12½%). Say 72% in all.