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How do you plan to make your slam on this hand? You as dealer open the bidding with 1H, partner gives you a limit raise to 3H and you punt on 6H - no opponent bidding.

West leads the SQ. On the second trick when you lead the HA, East discards a spade.

What is your plan?

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You are South in 6S after uncontested bidding. West leads the DJ on which dummy plays low and you win with the DA. You then clear trumps in three rounds with West discarding the H3.

How do you plan to make your slam?

See Klinger's answer below.

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After West opens 1H and both North and East pass, how do you bid this hand?

Some partnerships have a system for competing in the pass-out position where the opener's bid is followed by two passes. For the purpose of this challenge let's assume you have no such agreement with your partner.

 

Shows the problem

One might prefer better diamond spots for a 1NT overcall. But doubling is also dangerous; what would one do if partner advanced with 2C? At least 1NT accurately communicates the hand-type and strength.

At trick one, West leads the H9 and East puts up the HJ. When you lead the CK, it wins the trick.

How would you plan the play?

Plan your play as South playing 6H after an uncontested auction and a SQ opening lead:

Those who attended Derrick Browne's pre-session talk before the Swiss Pairs on Tuesday 24 April may have an advantage. 

 

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See if you can work this one out:

S 54
H K73
D A86
C AQ863

S A82
H A842
D K73
C 752

You, South are in 3NT, with East having bid spades, West dutifully leading one. How do you plan the play?