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Here's a swing board from several matches in the fourth round robin.

North
K6
Q7532
AQ9
AKQ
South
AJ742
AK
32
8753

Do you want to be in slam?

Say you are in 6NT from the North side get an unhelpful lead like a heart or a club. What's your line?

North
K6
Q7532
AQ9
AKQ
South
AJ742
AK
32
8753

There are 9 top tricks, with possibilities for extra tricks in all 4 suits. In an ideal world, you would like to 1) test hearts 2) test clubs 3) take a spade finesse 4) test spades, 5) if necessary take a diamond finesse.

Entry issues limit your ability to do everything you'd like. If you unblock hearts first, you can't safely take a spade finesse; you won't get back to dummy if it loses. If you test clubs or hearts first and they don't split, a losing finesse could mean a set. My line was to start with the K and a spade to the J. The plan would then be to unblock the clubs, cross to the hearts, cash the club if it's good, test spades, and eventually return to hand in diamonds, taking the finesse if nothing else had worked out.

You might notice one tiny problem with this line, and it turned out this was the only line that let you go down.

West
Q95
J94
10764
J92
North
K6
Q7532
AQ9
AKQ
East
1083
1086
KJ85
1064
South
AJ742
AK
32
8753
W
N
E
S
P
P
P
6NT
P
P
P
D
30
6NT North
NS: 0 EW: 0
6
3
J
A
1
1
0
K
3
2
5
1
2
0
6
8
J
Q
0
2
1
7
4

The problem with my line is that when the spade finesse loses, West can switch to diamonds, both forcing you to commit in diamonds before you've tested the other suits and disrupting your entries. On this hand, everything splits friendly so the winner is hopping A. It feels like that should be the best line single-dummy as well, since you just need 2 of your suits to split or a squeeze. But with the entry situation so mangled, I think you actually need both majors to split at this point. Or one major to split and the diamond finesse, so the finesse looks like the percentage play.

In the 7 matches I saw on Vugraph(I think one disappeared before I was able to check it) 4 tables didn't bid slam, 7 bid and made slam (a few in 6), and 3 went down in slam. The declarers who went down all started with the spade finesse. 2 took the diamond finesse and were down immediately. Another went up A, but then lost her way and never cashed some of her tricks. Most of the successful declarers started by unblocking the hearts, returning to hand with a club and testing hearts and clubs. I'm curious what their plan was had either hearts or clubs not split.

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