Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If You Smell a Slam, Investigate It

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

If You Smell a Slam, Investigate It

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Giuseppe Verdi, an Italian composer, said, "You may have the universe if I may have Italy."

This week, we are looking at slam bidding. In Italy, it is considered the greatest crime of the game to miss a slam. If there is the faintest aroma of a slam wafting around the table, Italians will dabble their toes in the slam waters -- as South did in this deal from that European country.

After North made a game-invitational limit raise, South was optimistic in making any sort of slam suggestion. He had six losers (two spades, three hearts and one diamond), which suggested settling for game. (With only five losers, it would have been reasonable to make a control-bid.) Here, though, South, after making a four-club control-bid and hearing North cooperate with a four-diamond control- bid, signed off in four spades, announcing to partner, the opponents and the bartender that he did not have a heart control. …

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