I continue a series on managing your entries. When you’re declarer at a grand slam, you figure to have plenty of entries in both hands. But you must still use them in the proper order. Against today’s seven spades, West led a trump, making declarer’s entry situation a bit less flexible. South counted 13 tricks: four trumps in dummy, four hearts, two diamonds, two diamond ruffs in his hand and the ace of clubs. So South took the A-K of diamonds and ruffed a diamond with the ace of trumps. West, unable to overruff, threw a heart.
South next led a low trump to dummy, and East discarded. South ruffed the last diamond with the king of trumps, but West got rid of his last heart. When South next tried to get to dummy with a heart to draw trumps, West ruffed. South was unfortunate but also mistimed slightly. After he ruffs the third diamond, he must lead a heart to dummy. Then he can ruff the fourth diamond high, lead his last trump to dummy to draw trumps and claim.
You hold: ♠ AK42 ♥ Q62 ♦ J4 ♣ A 8 6 3. Both sides vulnerable. The dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your partner overcalls one heart, and the next player passes. What do you say? ANSWER: Your partner climbed in, vulnerable, so you surely have a game and may have a slam. (He could hold a hand such as 5 3,A K 10 7 5,K Q 10 6 5, 2.) To start to look for the best contract, cuebid two clubs, showing strength plus heart support.
Both sides vulnerable