Board  5 (Hand rotated for convenience)

 

Vul:  NS

Dlr:  S

 

 

2

Q8

A10762

AKQ82

K863

J10984

J932

106

K94

QJ853

74

5

AQ7

AK754

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J10963

 

 

                                    NORTH          EAST              SOUTH           WEST            

                                         1               Pass                    2♣(?)             Pass

                                         (?)6♣            End

                                                                                                                                                                

            Opening Lead:  C4, Result, Making 7!

 

            Only one pair got to the slam on Board 5 last Thursday evening and even they got there the wrong way!  First, they did not get to the cold Grand Slam that was a claimer on the opening lead, second they misbid the hand.  South’s first response should have been 2, not 2♣.  With 10 + points and two five card suits, you bid the higher ranking regardless of quality.  North fell in love with a pretty suit instead of bidding the length.  (I admit the clubs are prettier than the diamonds)  Still, South had a real problem when North responded 2♣ as Blackwood was not possible inasmuch as a one Ace response would not tell South whether the Club Ace was missing.  Remember, one of the rules for NOT using Blackwood is when you have a void in an unbid suit.

 

          South’s actual choice of 6♣ was the best compromise he could devise.  North now failed to use his imagination to realize that he had promised only a 10 count and that South had just bid a Small Slam missing the ♣AKQ and the A and the Q!  A little thought would have had North bidding 7 with all of these extra important cards that South knew nothing about.

 

          Now.  How should the slam have been properly bid?  Easy.  South opens 1, North correctly responds 2 and South now shows a “top-of-the-wedge” hand by making a “high reverse” of 3♣.  This should get North excited enough to Blackwood and in the process upgrade his Q as a good working card and continue with 5NT when he finds that we have all four aces.  Whichever K South shows with 5 has to be a good card for North and North should bid the almost certain Grand Slam.

 

\                  So,                                 South                   North

                                                             1                     2

                                                             3C                      4NT

                                                             5H                     5NT

                                                             6                      7♣

                                                            Pass

 

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