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Open­ing Lead: ƅK

South ruffed the club con­tin­u­a­tion, led a spade to the king and con­tin­ued with the jack of di­a­monds for a hook. When West could not pro­duce the king, the slam was home, N-S +1430.

South's re­solve to ven­ture slam was not with­out risk. The auc­tion re­vealed that part­ner held at least a limit raise of spades and the sub­se­quent heart cue bid dis­closed the ace. South had hoped, of course, that North would also dis­play the king of di­a­monds, guar­an­tee­ing suc­cess. North was un­likely to hold short­ness since he did not of­fer a splin­ter bid. South rea­soned that he was cer­tain to lose a club trick but would still be in with a chance if North did not hold the di­a­mond king. It was his lucky day when North held a dou­ble­ton di­a­mond and the king was on­side.

West could cor­ral nine tricks at clubs when the de­fense be­gins with three rounds of hearts. In that sense, a club sacri­fice would yield a healthy profit. A dou­bled four trick set would lose only 800 points. How­ever, how many N-S pairs would drive to slam on this deal?

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