N-S vulnerable

NORTH

{spade} K 8 6 2

{heart} None

{diam} A 9 7 5 2

{club} 8 7 4 3

WEST

{spade} J 10 7 5 4

{heart} K 10 7 6 3

{diam} 3

{club} 10 9

EAST (D)

{spade} A Q 9

{heart} J 9 8 2

{diam} J 10 6 4

{club} K 2

SOUTH

{spade} 3

{heart} A Q 5 4

{diam} K Q 8

{club} A Q J 6 5

The bidding: EastSouthWestNorthPass1 {club} 1 {heart} (!) Dbl3 {heart} 3 NT 4 {heart} (!) 5 {club}Pass6 {club} All Pass Opening lead: {diam} 3

"Brilliancy prizes" aren't awarded at ACBL tournaments, as at some others, but if there had been one at the Summer Championships, Gunnar Hallberg would have won it for this effort in the Life Master Pairs.

When West led a diamond against six clubs, Hallberg was sure it was a singleton. He also inferred that East had the ace of spades: If West had it, he wouldn't have led a singleton since the slam would always fail if East won a trick.

Hallberg played a low diamond from dummy, captured East's ten, ruffed a heart, led a trump to his queen, ruffed a heart and drew trumps. He took the ace of hearts and cashed three more trumps.

With four tricks to go, dummy had the king of spades and A-9-7 of diamonds, and South had a spade, the queen of hearts and K-8 of diamonds. East had to save three diamonds and bared his ace of spades.

Hallberg then cashed the king of diamonds and led a spade, and East had to lead a diamond from his J-6 to dummy's A-9. Making six!

Daily Question

You hold:

{spade} 3 {heart} A Q 5 4 {diam} K Q 8 {club} A Q J 6 5.

Your partner opens one spade, and the next player passes. What do you say?

Answer: Though your hand is worth 19 points (18 in high cards plus a point for the fifth card in the good club suit), this is the wrong type of hand for a jump-shift to three clubs. Your best contract may be at any of the four suits or at notrump, and you must save bidding space to determine where and how high to play. Bid two clubs.

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