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East-West vulnerable, South deals

NORTH

♠A 8

♥A 10 7 6

♦A K 8

♣7 6 4 2

WEST EAST

♠9 6 ♠K Q J 10 7 4 3 2

♥9 8 5 4 ♥Void

♦6 2 ♦J 10 9 4

♣J 10 8 5 3 ♣9

SOUTH

♠5

♥K Q J 3 2

♦Q 7 5 3

♣A K Q

The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST

1♥ Pass 2NT 4♠

4NT Pass 5♠ Pass

5NT Pass 6♦ Pass

7♥ All pass

Four or more hearts, game force

Opening lead: Nine of

South’s five no trump bid asked for specific kings, as today’s experts like to play. North’s response showed specifically the king of diamonds, and South bid the grand slam.

South won the opening spade lead with dummy’s ace and led a heart to his king, discovering the 4-0 split. The nine of spades lead was surely from either a singleton or a doubleton, meaning that West had started with at least seven minor suit cards. As South was only missing six cards in each minor, it was safe to cash one high card in each of them. South cashed the ace of clubs and led a diamond to dummy’s ace. When East followed to both, he had two or three minor suit cards remaining while West had at least five. There were only four cards missing in each minor at this point, meaning that it was again safe to cash one high card in each minor.

Declarer led a club to his king and a diamond to dummy’s king. The rest was clear cut when East showed out on the second club. South ruffed dummy’s last spade with the queen of hearts, cashed the queen of clubs and led a heart to West’s eight and dummy’s 10. Dummy’s remaining club was ruffed with the jack of hearts, and a heart was led for the marked finesse against West’s nine. South finished drawing trumps and took the last trick with the queen of diamonds. Give that man his Math degree!

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