First Issue -
December 1997

OKB  Hand
The hand chosen is Board 306 - MP’s - week ending 1 November 1997.

Dealer West
Vul: N/S

  NORTH
A J 4
Q 10 8 7
K J 9 5 4
J

(Board rotated for convenience)
WEST
2
A 4 3
Q 10 8 7 6 3
K 10 5
EAST
9 8 7 5
9 6 2
2
9 8 6 4 3
 
  SOUTH
K Q 10 6 3
K J 5
A
A Q 7 2

Follow the Play closely.

If you were West, how would you have defeated this slam ?


WEST
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
NORTH
1
2
5
Pass
EAST
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
SOUTH
1
4 NT
6 NT
   

Opening Lead : 8

Declarer won the ace, and promptly played the heart king from hand. West won this with the ace and switched to his stiff spade. He then crossed his legs and waited for the club king. He is still waiting....

Declarer cashed all the spades, heart jack, and went to dummy with a heart. He played off the diamond king, and when the last heart was played, the position was -


  NORTH
- - -
10
J
J

The heart is played, and declarer discards the club 7.

West sits up now but throws the towel in.
WEST
- - -
- - -
Q
K 10
EAST
- - -
- - -
- - -
9 8 6
 
  SOUTH
- - -
- - -
- - -
A Q 7
+1440 to N/S

Well-played !!!

Well, you have had all the clues.
Did you beat this slam? How?



SOLUTION


Duck the first heart,
win the second
and play back a heart.


There is now an impossible
communication problem. Try it!

No squeeze.....

West can continue relaxing.


Thanks to Jørn Åselid (egon on OKB), who, on 8th December, pointed out a flaw in the original solution. If hearts are ducked twice (original solution), declarer plays off one round of spades, and then throws West in with the heart ace.
West will then have to give declarer his small slam.  
Thanks, egon !!
    Feedback much appreciated.     :>


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