Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

To Make a Slam, It Is Safety First

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

To Make a Slam, It Is Safety First

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William Shakespeare, in "Henry IV, Part I," wrote, "Out of this nettle, danger, we pluck this flower, safety."

When you are in any contract, but especially a slam, play as safely as possible (unless you are in a duplicate pair event, where overtricks can be so valuable). In today's deal, South is in six spades. What should he do after West leads the diamond queen?

The bidding had a modern slant. North's two-no-trump response was the Jacoby Forcing Raise, promising four or more spades and at least game-going values. South's three-spade rebid denied a singleton or a void and indicated a maximum one-level opening, some 17-19 points. After North made a four-diamond control-bid (showing the diamond ace and denying the club ace), South used Roman Key Card Blackwood to learn that his partner had two key cards (one ace and the spade king, or two aces) and the spade queen. …

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