A SLAM EITHER WAY

ENGLAND , MARCH 1962

It is said that one hand in fifteen has potential for a small slam, but how often does a hand lend itself to the chance of a slam either way? This example shows how a team of four players of international standard explored a rare opportunity.

 

 

 

 Dealer South

 10 4 2

 

 

 

East West Vulnerable

 Q 10 7

 

 

 

 

 9 4 3

 

 

 

 

 A Q 8 6

 

 

 

 

 

N

 

 

 3

 

 

 A Q 8 7 5

 

 

W                         E

 9 6

 Q J 8 7 5

 

 

 A K 10 6 2

 K J 10 9 7 4 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

S

 

 

 

 

 K J 8 5 4 3

 

 

 

 

 A K J 8 5 4 3

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 5 3

 

 

 

Table 1

 

 

 

 

                           

W

N

E

S

 

 

 

4

NO

NO

4

Dbl

5

Dbl

5

NO

NO

5

DBL

NO

6

NO

NO

6

NO

NO

Dbl

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

Table 1

W

N

E

S

 

 

 

1

NO

2

Dbl

4

5

Dbl

5

NO

NO

5

DBL

NO

6

NO

NO

Dbl

NO

NO

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ah, the difference a bid decision can make. One South doubled Six Diamonds, the other bid Six Hearts.

At Table 1, West failed to lead a club and defence lost a ruffing opportunity. South guessed that East had a two-suiter and at least two trumps, so the only loser in reality was A.

At Table 2, there were several ways to play the hand. It is possible to set up two club winners, plus A, and use all ten trumps.

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