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The power of the 4-4 fit

Some players might get lucky and make 6S but it requires mis-defence. Is there a slam that always makes? Clue: yes. Second clue: spades are not trumps.

43 Comments

  1. earlybird says:

    Hello clever people … how did you possibly make 12?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    X P P P

  2. valeriejoan says:

    Made 11 first attempt, going back to try for twelve. Pretty sure I know where I could have picked up one more trick?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  3. valeriejoan says:

    Replayed it and get 12. Interesting hand. Need to get rid of loser Q Hearts.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  4. hujar says:

    Made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  5. Bid 6 clubs & made it.@ graeme sir was it too bold to bid 6 pn just 24 pts.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  6. 6 clubs was more suited than 6 spades.Would have gone 1 down in spades.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  7. lorraineb says:

    Bid 4S and made 12. Sometime I just seem to do it easily but other times big problems. Need to be able to work out when to bid higher. Also find it amazing how many different contracts there were for this game.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  8. cora says:

    Interesting bidding… made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 2 P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  9. overtonmark says:

    In the real world, west would play the K of hearts after the A had gone and not let north win the Q. Only making 11.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  10. Interesting hand. Was able to make 6S and also 5C. Would like to know why dharamvirdhanda asked for aces; North only indicated opening hand points; so with only 11 points why would South consider asking for aces. However, given distribution small slam was possible.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  11. can’t see how to make 12 tricks in spades. getting rid of Q h how?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 6
    P P P

  12. banksia9 says:

    Well done, @dharamvirdhanda and others who get to the cold 6C contract.
    The magic 4-4 fit with a 6-3 spade fit on the side to provide the discard of 3 hearts.
    Many of us have made 12 tricks in 4S but it can be held to 11 if West wisely exits a club when he wins A.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 4
    P P P

  13. nmein says:

    I failed to pick up that partner’s bid of 1S followed by 3C meant that they had 5 spades, giving us a spade fit 🙁
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3N
    P 5 P P
    P

  14. Like most others, made 11 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  15. normie616 says:

    not like most others only made 10 tricks Oh well back to the drawing board !! cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  16. normie616 says:

    good to see i am now with the majority 4S made 11 tricks cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  17. johna says:

    Made 12 tricks but only because W doesn’t play the KH after the AH covers the JH the previous trick.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  18. BidagainLove says:

    Made 12 but wondering what would have made me think to bid higher ?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  19. kc24 says:

    Made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  20. nelle says:

    Made 10 game but hit wrong card will replay and try for 11 like many others made.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  21. linda2009 says:

    yea, 11 on first try. will attempt 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    X P P P

  22. Made 12 because W robot did not play K of Hearts when could have. I know if playing for real W would have taken trick.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  23. sadiesue says:

    West never should have lost the K of hearts. There is only 11 tricks there. The first time I played the hand, West took the A of clubs and led the K of hearts.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 4
    X P P P

  24. benjiman says:

    Same as others – making 11. West did not give away the King of hearts!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 4
    P P P

  25. blondie58 says:

    Interesting hand! Bid 4S making 5…. 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  26. suzie says:

    Made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  27. squarepeg61 says:

    Only made 10 tricks in 4S. Will replay and try to do better.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  28. squarepeg61 says:

    And…11 tricks made on the second try.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  29. fishy says:

    made 12
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  30. wandad says:

    Made 11. HOW do you make 12?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  31. dcatjones says:

    Made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P 4
    P P P

  32. edith says:

    Tried 4S but could only get 11…would like to see how to get 12. Then played 5C and made 12. Frustrating but interesting hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P 5
    P P P

  33. drvksam says:

    To make 12 tricks, win the Ace of diamonds then draw trumps. With nine trumps play for the Queen to drop ending in dummy. Then ruff dummy’s last diamond. Then play clubs. West wins the Ace and cannot lead a diamond because that is a “double void” and will allow you to discard a losing heart in declarer’s hand. West should lead a club, but if he leads a heart from his King your Queen makes and you have 12 tricks.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  34. jeanne says:

    Bid 4s and made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  35. kinderconnie says:

    Bid 4S and made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  36. miriam says:

    Happy to make 11. Enjoyed this hand!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

  37. judyjunkin says:

    Bid 4 S and made 6! I don’t know why W did not take his A of Clubs. I lost the King of H and then got the rest. Maybe playing the clubs first, W would have taken his A and then led the K of H so it would be the same difference. Spades was the bid for sure.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  38. chance22 says:

    4S. 11 tricks
    E led the DJ

    @drvksam

    Thanks for the step-by-step analysis. My West kept leading a club even when I followed your order of play. But I see now that if West does lead a heart, HQ is good, HA takes a second heart trick, then North is void and HK ends up ruffed. When to give up the lead and how to encourage the lead you need must be a study in itself.

    I also want to mention the factoid that if both hands are void in a suit, then one hand can discard while the other ruffs. This is the kind of small thing that gets a learner a little more oriented at the bridge table. Thanks.

  39. joanbrookes says:

    Bid 4S and made 11 tricks. Made the mistake of not realising that all the trumps were out and played another round of trumps. Don’t know if this would have made a difference.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 4 P P
    P

  40. louie2 says:

    6nt makes also
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  41. louie2 says:

    Made 12 on 2nd go. I would usually make my clubs safe before looking at hearts
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2N
    P 4 P P
    P

  42. evereece says:

    Bid 5, made 5 sp…it made sense to me to stay in spades…I guess, knowing more, clubs would have been better…I still have a lot to learn!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 3
    X 4 P P
    P

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