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Updated 10th December  2017

 
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SLAM ON A YARBOROUGH  

LONDON , 1949

 

 

This hand was dealt in a rubber game at a London club. North—South thought they were sacrificing in Six Clubs but in fact the contract made. This was astonishing as North had only seven points and South (declarer) had a Yarborough (no card higher than a nine).  

The odds of holding a Yarborough are 1,827 to one. The odds of making a slam with one are somewhat longer. A Yarborough is known by many other names, such as 'a load of rubbish', 'a hand like a foot' and 'train tickets'. I have seen players bark, 'Who dealt?' as if they were looking for someone to blame. But this hand proves that points are not everything.

 

 

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