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Finding Good or Avoiding Bad Minor Suit Slams

I think it's a given that finding or avoiding minor suit slams -- for beginners on up to the top -- is quite difficult.

(Tough to exactly quantify how difficult but here is one indicator from the table that follows - lots of caveats - but the %s for minor vs major suit slam contracts from the table below is insightful.)*

The best partnerships of course do far better than the rest of us. Apart from playing a big club system which would obviously help, we chip away at the challenge with some or all or more of the following:

- Inverted minors and follow-up responses

- After 1D/2C openings, responses to show diamond suit length

- Walsh 1D agreements

- Good agreements after 1NT and 2NT openings

- Minorwood or the like

- Splinters

- Kickback or RKC 0314 for the minors 

Our chipping away is only sometimes fruitful. Interference is sometimes helpful but often not. Maybe add-on major suit holding agreements after 1m-2m game force can help, but they seem open to confusing. 

Do you or other expert partnerships (apart from judgment) have additional agreements? Or are we all just pretty much chasing the Holy Grail?

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* The following table shows a breakdown of contracts and related information from vugraph archives of the Vanderbilt, Spingold, U.S. Bridge Championship and World Team Championship from 1996 to present. Source data consists of 75,804 results (37,902 deals) from 69 events.Contract Times Percent Cumulative

(extract for 6C+)

6 C 905 1.19 70906 93.54

6 D 882 1.16 71788 94.70

6 H 1304 1.72 73092 96.42

6 S 1357 1.79 74449 98.21

6 NT 426 0.56 74875 98.77

7 C 116 0.15 74991 98.93

7 D 156 0.21 75147 99.13

7 H 199 0.26 75346 99.40

7 S 176 0.23 75522 99.63

7 NT 92 0.12 75614 99.75  

(Note: Significant small slam differences between minor and major slams: author)

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