Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Try Might Be for Slam, Not Game

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Try Might Be for Slam, Not Game

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Bjorn Borg said, "To win the last point in a grand slam tournament, that's the most beautiful and most satisfying feeling you can get as a tennis player."

Many bridge players get nervous when contemplating a slam. But often playing in one is straightforward because you cannot afford (m)any losers.

The main keys for a good slam are fit and controls. To make a grand slam with no fit, you will need most of the 40 high-card points. But with a good fit -- or, even better, a double fit -- you will win more tricks than your combined point-count would suggest. Also, you must know that the opponents cannot immediately defeat your contract.

How do you uncover a double fit? By bidding carefully. What about controls? With (Roman Key Card) Blackwood, often supplemented by control-bidding. …

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