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Bridge Practice 'Hand of the Day'

Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam



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Bidding

Open 1S, partner bids 2H, your rebid is 3C. Partner rebids 4D and you bid 4NT Blackwood Ace asking. Partner replies 5S (=3 Aces), you King Ask by bidding 5NT partner responds 6D= 1 King you have all the suits controlled to 2 levels raise the bidding to 7D. All Pass.

Acol Bidding

Open 1S, partner bids 2H, your rebid is 3C. Partner rebids 4D and you bid 4NT Blackwood Ace asking. Partner replies 5S (=3 Aces), you King Ask by bidding 5NT partner responds 6D= 1 King you have all the suits controlled to 2 levels raise the bidding to 7D. All Pass.

Plan Before You Play

Dummy goes down, count your losing tricks. Spades:0, Hearts:1, Diamonds:0, Clubs:0. If you can avoid playing hearts and make sure you end up in souths hands after drawing trumps this grand slam is in the bag.

The Play

Win the lead with AS, draw KD, QD and the a low diamond into your hand. Run your spades discarding low hearts on the table. Play a low club to AC, AH and then overtake the 10C in your hand. The rest of the tricks are yours.

Comment

This contract makes 7(13 tricks) in every suit apart from hearts where it only makes 5(11 tricks).
Are you brave enough to bid it?

The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand.

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