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A 6 in sheep's clothing!

North
AJ106
AJ86
J
AK95
South
4
K93
AK1094
Q843
W
N
E
S
P
1
P
1
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
4
P
5
P
6
P
P
P

(This deal came up on the 4th day at the 1st knock-out stage in the Turkish Winter Teams Championship, held last week.)

 

Opening lead is 2. Declarer wins A, East following with 3.

(Opponents apply the standard count/attitude signals and normally lead 3rd/5th best against suit contracts, but versus a slam, who can be certain!)

 

6 is ice cold if s are 3-2, simply cashing three rounds of trumps and playing a .

 

A is played; East gives 2, West 6.

 

Now, it's time to think in advance: what to do if either opponent shows up with a stiff ?

 

Which honor is to be cashed next?

And then how would you proceed;

(a) if East has four s,

(b) if West has four s?

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