North holds a wonderful hand today. Although it has only 22 points, this does not take into account the number of tricks to be made from the long club suit. North opens with a 2C bid which is game forcing if the rebid is anything other than 2NT. South replies with the old- fashioned but effective response of 2NT showing a balanced hand of 8 to 10 points and this makes the auction unconditionally game forcing. North bids the club suit and South the heart suit which is known to only be four cards because of the 2NT response. At this point, it is unclear how the auction should proceed. North does not expect to make 7NT opposite a maximum of 10 points. However, 6NT seems eminently plausible and so North bids this. West leads the 10S and South pauses to count the tricks. There seem to be three spade, four heart, one diamond and five club tricks if they split nicely. This gives thirteen tricks after the loss of one club trick so the contract seems easy. At the table, declarer played low from dummy and captured East’s QS with the KS. Now ace, king and another club set up the club suit as it split 3- 2. When East returned another spade, South suddenly realised there was a problem. Three of the planned tricks, the jack of spades and the queen and jack of hearts, were suddenly unreachable in hand and South went down. South failed because, although counting the tricks is good, one must also look for the entries that are going to allow one to cash the winners. A quick inspection shows that the only entry to the South hand is by leading the 2S to the KS, after the clubs are set up. Declarer had squandered these cards at trick one to take the ‘ free finesse’ and, after that, the spade entry had vanished. With only one entry, like here for the South hand, declarer must win trick one with the AS keeping the KS as a late entry to ? hand and then unblock the AKH before setting up the clubs. The lesson is that a slam is a big deal and you must make a big deal of the planning.