“When there are no pointers from the bidding or play, tackle a suit in such away that pips are not wasted .” My thanks go to Tim Bourke of Australia for acquainting me with this mantra– though I suppose that all players tend to do this automatically. South opened the bidding with One No-Trump (15-17) and North didn’ t waste time–he bid a direct Six No-Trumps. He knew there was a minimum of 33 points between the two hands, and the partnership was lucky that he adopted the practical approach. For there was a 4-4 spade fit, and Six Spa des would not have been a success. West led the seven of diamonds–second highest from a suit lacking an honour. If spades broke 3-2, there were always three tricks available in hearts and the slam would succeed. Declarer considered how he would achieve twelve tricks if the spa de suit did not behave and came to the conclusion that hearts would have to provide four tricks. South won the diamond in hand and immediately led a low heart and inserted the kn ave, which held. Then came the ace and king of spa des, West pitching a diamond on the second spa de. Returning to hand with a diamond to the queen, He successfully finessed again in hearts. The heart king was cashed and the nine of diamonds to the ace was followed by the ace of hearts, ace of clubs, queen of spades and king of diamonds. Slammade.