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Poor slam - how do you play it?
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This tuesday on our weekly MP championship I got this hand:  K9853,  K,  AJT742, 7. We were vulnerable vs not, partner opened with a strong club (16+). RHO overcalled 1 which showed (probably one-suiter) hearts or both black suits. I bid 1 which was 8-12 HCP with either spades or a balanced hand. LHO bid 1, pass or correct. Partner's 1N showed 18-20 balanced. RHO passed, we play transfers in this situation, thus I bid 2. Our opponents did not bid any more. 2 from partner. I bid 3 showing 4+ diamonds. Partner bid 3N, denying spade support and slam interest with 4+ diamonds.

What now? Partner's 1N very probably showed a heart stopper, because lacking that he might have relayed with pass instead. I decided to bid 4 ORKC (slam try in ). Partner bid 4, denying slam interest.

What now? 4 would have been RKC, 4N an offer to play. I thought that if partner did not have 3 spades, he should have 3+ diamonds, thus I can probably ruff my spades high. Thus I simply jumped to 6. It turned out to be a bad idea, since LHO started with the 6 (3rd / 5th) and partner tabled this dummy:

North
Q7
AJ2
K8
AQJ942
South
K9853
K
AJ10742
7
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
1
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P
Partner's slightly offshape 1N did not help us this time. Anyway, I had to make 6 which did not seem to have a great chance. Before reading any further please tell me in a comment how would you play it.

Ready with your plan? 

North
Q7
AJ2
K8
AQJ942
South
K9853
K
AJ10742
7
W
N
E
S
1
1
1
1
1NT
P
2
P
2
P
3
P
3NT
P
4
P
4
P
6
P
P
P

I think that we can make against 3-3 spades and falling Q if we ruff a spade on dummy. Originally it is about 36% ( 3-3) x 33 % (Q falls in 2) ~ 11,6%. Not a great chance, but we all have seen worse. 

If you have a better plan, please share it with us. You can also share it if you have not found any better.

Anyway, it is not that bad chance in this case: RHO probably has exactly 5 hearts, because he was NV/V and had not jumped to level 2. Thus LHO has 4 hearts. Having 4+ too he might have bid 2 or 2 instead of this 1. If  RHO had had 4 he might have bid a 2-suited overcall. Thus I think that s are more probably 3-3 in this case than normally. If you are ready with your plan, turn a page... 

This was the full deal: 

West
1042
10963
Q53
K63
North
Q7
AJ2
K8
AQJ942
East
AJ6
Q8754
96
1085
South
K9853
K
AJ10742
7
W
N
E
S
1
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0

Spades were 3-3 (as I expected), but the Q did not fall, thus I went down for 29% (another 6 pairs (out of 16) went down in something, some twice).

Well, this was only the introduction, now the interesting part: reaching home I went through the scores and found that 6 can be made double dummy! At first (and second) sight I could not really imagine how. Can you?

Before reading on, think a bit, how can you make 6 seeing all the cards.

The solution:

West
1042
10963
Q53
K63
North
Q7
AJ2
K8
AQJ942
East
AJ6
Q8754
96
1085
South
K9853
K
AJ10742
7
W
N
E
S
1
P
6
P
P
P
D
6 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
Win the lead in hand and take the finesse in the right direction. Play another trump to K. Now small from Q7! East must play low otherwise all our spades are high. Now play all the trumps and throw clubs from dummy leaving

West
104
10
K63
North
Q
AJ
AQ
East
AJ
Q8
10
South
9853
7
D
Now take the club finesse and play another club. East must keep 3 cards. If he unguards the Q then dummy's hearts are high. Thus he must keep A Q8. But in this case we play the Q and he must lead into the AJ.

Nice, isn't it?

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