Both sides vulnerable


{spade} A K 10 7 6 2

{heart} A K 10

{diam} A 10 3

{club} Q


{spade} 9 8 3

{heart} 9 7 6 5

{diam} None

{club} A K J 10 9 3


{spade} Q 5

{heart} 8 3

{diam} 9 8 7 6 2

{club} 8 7 6 5


{spade} J 4

{heart} Q J 4 2

{diam} K Q J 5 4

{club} 4 2

The bidding: South West NorthEast Pass Pass1 {spade} Pass 2 {diam} 3 {club} 4 NT Pass5 {diam} Pass6 {diam} All Pass Opening lead: {club} K

Sam Hirschman was at one time the youngest Life Master (at age 11; he's 29 now). At the ACBL Summer Championships, he delivered today's slam. When Sam bid two diamonds, North drove to slam, expecting South to have good diamonds since he could have little else. West led the K-A of clubs, and Sam ruffed in dummy and took the ace of trumps. When West's club discard revealed the 5-0 break, a simple contract became complex.

South continued with the ten of trumps, ace of spades (unblocking his jack) and ace of hearts. He led the ten of hearts, overtook with his jack and drew trumps. West could keep three cards. If he threw a heart, Sam could unblock dummy's king of hearts on the last trump and easily take the rest. So West threw black cards, reducing to two hearts and a spade. Dummy pitched the king of hearts.

Sam then took the queen of hearts and led a spade. When West followed low, Sam put up the king, knowing the queen would fall from East. Well done!

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} Q 5 {heart} 8 3 {diam} 9 8 7 6 2 {club} 8 7 6 5.

Your partner opens two clubs (strong, artificial), you respond two diamonds (negative), he bids two spades and you try 2NT. Partner next bids three hearts. What do you say?

Answer: Partner's two clubs was (as most play) a game-force; his bid of a new suit is certainly forcing. Bid three spades. If you had Q 5 2, Q 3, 9 8 7 6 2, 8 7 6, you'd jump to four spades, but your actual hand is too weak for an aggressive move.

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