Grand slam­ming

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - TODAY - By Frank Ste­wart Tri­bune Con­tent Agency

“Sim­ple Sat­ur­day” col­umns are meant to help as­pir­ing play­ers im­prove tech­nique and de­velop log­i­cal think­ing.

To­day’s auc­tion was a hit-or-miss ef­fort. North could have raised two spades to three, sav­ing room to look for slam. South’s Black­wood 4NT bid didn’t help him place the con­tract with any as­sur­ance. His fi­nal bid was spec­u­la­tive: He couldn’t count 13 tricks.

Against seven spades, West led the queen of clubs, and South was happy to see both ma­jor-suit queens in dummy. He took the king of clubs and cashed the A-K of trumps, ready to claim if East-West fol­lowed, but West dis­carded.

South had 12 tricks and had to ruff some­thing be­fore he drew trumps. He took the ace of clubs and ruffed his last club in dummy, but East over­ruffed.

South made a Lit­tle League er­ror. Since East has the miss­ing trumps, South can take the ace of di­a­monds at Trick Four and safely ruff a di­a­mond low. He takes the jack of trumps and goes to the queen of hearts to draw the last trump.

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