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January 16, 2017
Play Bridge | 23 01 2017 | Hand 1 | ♠K76 ♥T8 ♦A87 ♣KQ872
January 23, 2017

Woohoo, we’re going to slam! But in what suit?

Partner opens the bidding and you have 21 High Card Points!! Woohoo, we’re going to slam! But in what?

Do you jump straight to slam or do you bid Blackwood to ask for aces? If you do want to bid Blackwood, how would the response help you decide the contract?

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  1. Definitely a slam hand but in what?

    Partner opens the bidding and you have 21 High Card Points!! Woohoo, we’re going to slam! But in what?

    Do you jump straight to slam or do you bid Blackwood to ask for aces? If you do want to bid Blackwood, how would the response help you decide the contract?


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  2. Profile photo of cainiao cainiao says:

    Bid 6H made 13 tricks
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  3. Profile photo of Mickey Mickey says:

    Bid 4H made 13, God hates a coward
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  4. Profile photo of 997maybe 997maybe says:

    Valentines forever! Made 13.
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  5. Profile photo of jbrown jbrown says:

    You are developing the courage in me Sky Bridge.Many thanks.
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    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      The courage is in you already, @jbrown, just let it do it’s thing.

      Mmmm. I feel like we need a Star Trek video. “May the courage be with you.” Oh, hang on, that might have been Star Wars, not Star Trek. Which one was Dave Bowman in?

  6. Profile photo of sandram sandram says:

    Bid 6H and made 7. Then tried 7NT and made. Wonderful hand%uD83D%uDE00
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  7. Profile photo of amafyram amafyram says:

    Happy I bid and made 7NT!!! But my bidding not perfect. i think the 2 hearts over 1 spade is more sensible and wait to see North’s response. Encouraging 3 hearts. Then go 4NT – in fact I follow @graeme and @bajir above (and others) up to 5NT but when I find we have all 4 Aces and 3 Kings, gamble and go to 7NT. I like my 2Qs and 2Js and a 5 card suit supported by partner. In fact, however, the odds are probably against it!
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  8. I jumped right to 4NT asking for aces. With 21 points plus opening points we had at least a small slam. Took 13 tricks first try.
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  9. Profile photo of wyoming8 wyoming8 says:

    Well this is the best day of Bridge I’ve ever had and probably ever will. Bid & made 7NT in my local duplicate club (on the last hand of the day) and now 7 H bid & made here. Partner opened 1 H my response was 3H. Partner bid 4H, I responded with 4NT and partner bid 5D. 5NT got a 6H response, so the 7H bid looked good. Chances are I’ll never see two Grand Slams in one day ever again. Blackwood may be overused but it certainly made a difference here. Wow, what a day. : )
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  10. Profile photo of rosie196 rosie196 says:

    Woo hoo. Used 4nt, asked for aces and kings and then decided to go for it. I never used to be confident bidding slam until @grame @bajir gave us video lessons. Thanks guys!
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    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      Go for it is the way to go, @rosie196. It’s a funny thing but once you’re through the scary part of slam bidding and are happy to just take a fly at things it puts your brain in to a calmer place to really sharpen up your skills. Really pleased for you.

  11. Profile photo of kiwiclaire kiwiclaire says:

    Yay! I see lots made this contract. I lack courage when it comes to bidding slam. This is the first time, ever, that I have bid 7NT. I knew there was a king out, but decided to risk it – the first hand always has everyone non-vul. @wyoming8, I’m very impressed you made two slams in one day! Fantastic!
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  12. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    Glad to hear you were nervous about grand slam too @graeme. Sorry I didn’t bid 6nt and even more sorry I didn’t bid 7 hearts. But 7 nt depended on 2 finesses and seemed really risky. Wow surprised to see king of diamonds fall at the end. Thanks for video @bajir & @graeme.
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  13. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    @graeme – not quite sure why you did not go on to 7nt. As in the video I asked for aces and kings – I felt we needed at least 3 kings mainly because of our 9 hearts (perhaps I was wrong to assume we had 9 hearts?) I felt that on the bidding we should have 12 tricks off the top. This will always make it difficult for defence for that means you have to decide what to hold – the only time it will go sour for declarer is if e/w each hold a winner but even there you are reasonably well covered for in this instance they can only see the North hand and so will be uncertain what the weaknesses are in South’s hand.- played the hand as you did and of course made the 7 comfortably.
    I suspect that the only people who will not make seven will be those who did not ensure that they managed their communication between dummy and declarer.
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  14. Profile photo of rahamrick rahamrick says:

    Yes. The only way to get a top score here is to bid optimistically. Club lead was helpful. Played out the hearts. Then tried spades. They did not split. But it worked out with the diamonds, so 7 nt came home successfully. Quite a surprise when partner opens the bidding!
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  15. Profile photo of luciller luciller says:

    6NT. Making 7.
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  16. Profile photo of pushpa pushpa says:

    Made 12 tricks, 6H
    After Blackwood

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  17. Profile photo of pushpa pushpa says:

    Made 12 tricks, 6H
    After Blackwood

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  18. Profile photo of nmein nmein says:

    @rahamrick: The other way to bid up to 7 tricks is to misinterpret the response to the 5NT Blackwood and wrongly assume that you have all 4 kings. Whoops!
    I sort of considered 7NT instead of 7H, but my mind had got fixated on hearts, so missed out on the high score by 10 points :-/
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  19. bid 7 hearts & made without taking any risk.
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  20. @ graeme sir 7 hearts was the best option instead of 7 nt because in that case yu have to
    go for risky diamond finesse though king diamonds is with east.
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  21. Profile photo of ennasarp ennasarp says:

    Straight forward. Responded 2 hearts and when supported by partner straight away asked for access and kings through Blackwood. Ended up 7 hearts with only one king missing. Din nor required assisted by the lead when own club J won.
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  22. Profile photo of helvefung helvefung says:

    Making13 so wish I’d shown more courage!
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  23. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Made 7NT after several attempts!
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  24. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Made 7NT after several attempts!
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  25. Profile photo of noelguy noelguy says:

    Hand screamed slam, black-wood confirmed it was a lay down or a King finesse. The Gods smiled and 7nt was made…

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  26. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    Same as a couple of others (in the minority of course) Used Blackwood 4N/T and partner came back with 6H after my 5 N/T .Being a Novice that’s enough for me!! Happy with the result of 12 tricks ! cheers normie sa
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  27. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    Ripper!!!! 2nd time around made 7N/T cheers normie sa
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  28. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    First play, bid 6 H and made 7.
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  29. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    2nd time, tried 7NT and got it for the first time in my life. Exciting.
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  30. Profile photo of miguelmoreno miguelmoreno says:

    first time, 6 hearts, made 13, second time 7 nt and made it! But then is easy, you know were the KD is

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  31. Profile photo of miguelmoreno miguelmoreno says:

    first time, 6 hearts, made 13, second time 7 nt and made it! But then is easy, you know were the KD is

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  32. this is why we need key-card-Blackwood, 7H is cold, even if the KD were west (we can develop spades, and discard QJ of diamonds on there), but it’s scary to bid when you don’t know about the KH. Maybe I should have tried anyway,
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  33. Profile photo of vigg75137 vigg75137 says:

    The rule of thumb is/was that ;you went to 6 on a 50% chance and went to 7 on a 70% chance. Wit the raise in hearts 6 is almost guaranteed, 7 NT is still iffy–we don’t know about the heart honors and we don’t know if we’ are missing the King of clubs or the king of diamonds. As the cards lay, 7 NT is a 50% play. congrats to the gamblersout there, and 7 H guaranteed.
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  34. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    Interesting. Two schools of thought here: the @graeme, @lynng group that headed for small slam, and then the @baygon2014, @dharamvirdanda school (and me!) who were persuaded that 7 was a worthwhile risk. As with the video, I asked for aces largely to allow me to ask for kings. Knowing that partner had 13 points or so meant that I knew his hand pretty well – A, 2xK’s, and a couple of minor honours. I reckoned that for a top, it may boil down to a finesse, but with a fit in H’s, and partner’s 5 S’s, I suspected that I may be able to squeeze my way to Grand slam. In the event, the play went much the same as in the video, but E ditched a S on the last heart, whilst trying to protect her KD. I was then able to run through S’s taking the problem QD. Great fun!
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  35. computer needs updating, ijumped from 1spade to 2nt and the computer passed
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  36. Profile photo of samuelson samuelson says:

    I’m a novice and slow learner. Contract was 3H, and I scored 12 tricks.
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    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      Hiya @samuelson,
      If you can make 12 tricks you’re beyond novice. Well done. All you have to do to take the next step up is be brave. Nothing will go wrong if you get too high on a few hands so get in there!
      My brother took me rock climbing once and I immediately fell off and was left dangling on the ropes. Strange thing is that by falling off immediately and surviving I enjoyed the rest of the my rock climbing career much more.
      Well, it was the only day in my life I ever went rock climbing so it was a short career. Point is, nothing really bad is going to happen at the bridge table.

    • Thanks…..I won’t make that mistake again

  37. Profile photo of petero petero says:

    Got to 7NT & made it, relying on the D finesse.
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  38. Profile photo of benjiman benjiman says:

    As others, bid 6H and made 13. Did not enquire about aces. Instead, I cue bid diamond. Would have been more ambitious had Partner not kept quiet about his ace of clubs!
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  39. Profile photo of younglady younglady says:

    Too hasty and not too observant of what I was doing. Wanted to bid 7NT, which I did the second time. DARN!!!!
    younglady
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  40. Profile photo of vicwaitt vicwaitt says:

    All the aces and three kings plus heart suit must be seven nt. Careful play to guard the spade break. A lucky chap would take d finesse – dear lord!!
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  41. Profile photo of rita928 rita928 says:

    Bid 2N, showing strong hand, more than opening and was left. Took all tricks. Silly computer!
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  42. Profile photo of paulflash paulflash says:

    bidding 7N which requires a finesse or a 3-3 division in spades seems foolish when 7H only requires either a 3-3 or 4-2 spade break and can be made with 5-1 spades if the diamond finesse works. grand slams should be at least 75%, so 7NT is a poor choice.
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  43. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Congrats rocky— would not have the nerve to bid 7H— or anything else for that matter!
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  44. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Great slam hand
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  45. Profile photo of dianeg1128 dianeg1128 says:

    I bid 6N first time around and made 7. I just wonder how many bid and made 7 the FIRST time they played the hand.
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  46. Profile photo of brigida brigida says:

    i new was a Slam hand Went To 4NT then to 5NT Took a chance and said 7NT It could be a bad decition because the queen of diamonds but the opponent discard the King
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  47. Profile photo of bluezee bluezee says:

    After Blackwood went to 7NT in the hope the right K was missing which it was
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  48. Profile photo of monty27dog monty27dog says:

    Note to self…..must concentrate!
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  49. Profile photo of sandra sandra says:

    was going to bid 2 hearts over partners 1 spade but followed the hint and bid 3 hearts as I had 21 points and partner had a minimum of 12 points so we had enough for a small slam so then partner bid 6 hearts and that is what we played in and i made 13 tricks!
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  50. Profile photo of sandra sandra says:

    Sorry partner supported my hearts by bidding 4 so I bid the 6 hearts (got confused)
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  51. I watched the video so decided not to ask for aces. I went to 5 hearts, ptn passed. We made 12. Played again asking for aces, stopped at 6, made 7.
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  52. Profile photo of cookers cookers says:

    Gerber gone wrong, should have used Blackwood perhaps.
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  53. Profile photo of barbot barbot says:

    Playing later in the day means the fog has lifted (I hope – 9 more hands to play). I chose 7H because, when asking for K’s, P had supported my hearts originally so I had him pegged for holding the KH.
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  54. Profile photo of tahora tahora says:

    I bid 2 hearts in response to 1 spade. Then went calling in Blackwood. Minus 1 King. Called 6nt and made 7 as the finesse worked in diamonds.
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  55. Profile photo of jeanne jeanne says:

    Made 13 tricks but was hopelessly underbid.
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  56. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Bid and made 7H. Avoided the finesse of KD, discarding the QJ of diamonds. Should have bid 7nt.
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  57. Profile photo of johna johna says:

    Actually on reflection, and having seen the video, my logic of 7H was correct, as 7NT relies on some luck with the missing K whereas 7H always allows a trumping opportunity. Good chance of a very high score, less chance of a zero.
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  58. Profile photo of loulla loulla says:

    Nice hand to play: I bid and made 6 heart only losing the king of diamond.
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  59. Profile photo of sbc30061059 sbc30061059 says:

    nice to get all the tricks! But didn’t bid 7H – stopped at 6H
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  60. Profile photo of mcfluff mcfluff says:

    Am I the only one who did not ask for aces ? I knew there was 6 NT as partner had to have at least 12 points so reckoned to go straight there without giving away any info’. 13 made, and happy with that for a first hand!
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  61. Profile photo of pfredrix pfredrix says:

    At rubber bridge or any form thereof (Chicago, IMPs) there is no justification for a 7NT bid. 7H is far safer on the bidding; turns out it makes with ease after the opening Club lead gives you a Diamond discard. But at 7 NT, even with the favorable Club lead, you still need the Diamond finesse (Spades don’t set up, as the odds strongly suggest they won’t). It is poor bridge thinking to throw away an almost certain grand slam in favor if a contract that nets just 10 points more and has a 50-50 chance of going down! (You might bid the NT slam at matchpoints if you were having a bad evening and desperately needed a top score.)
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  62. Profile photo of miriam miriam says:

    As a relative novice too chicken to go for slam but happy to get 13!

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  63. With partner having opening points, went straight to 4NT; nice to see he had an Ace; so seeing as the Lord hates a coward; bid 7NT and made contract. What a nice hand to play.
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  64. When my partner reached 3H I asked for Aces, then Kings and played 7NT. I got this far yesterday before something went wrong and I couldn’t complete the game. I contacted Skybridge and so was delighted to get this chance to play it today. I was confident we could do it but then thought I’d blown it, so I couldn’t believe my luck when KD was thrown, this left my AD to win the 13th trick. Awesome!
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  65. Profile photo of triciacallow triciacallow says:

    I’m really pleased with comments by @pfredrix and others that 7H was the sensible contract, not 7NT with it’s 50% chance of failing. After Blackwood, I worked out that the opponents (probably) had 1K, 1Q and 1J and that made 7 of a suit a reasonable gamble.

    I wonder how many of the people who went for 7NT would have done in a real match?
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  66. Profile photo of valjef valjef says:

    Tried 7 Hearts and made then tried 7NT and soo happy to make it after 2 attempts
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  67. Profile photo of wandad wandad says:

    Easy 13 H. Think bidding 7 was chancy unless someone found a way around the D finess
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  68. Profile photo of whizkid whizkid says:

    Probably one of the last people to play this hand so I do not know how many will see this comment but here it goes. Yes the proper bid over 1 spade would be 2 hearts. It is forcing one round and it doesn’t escalate the bidding to fast. General rule of thumb is you do not jump shift right away unless you are already sure where you are going to play the hand. You want to give partner a chance to describe his hand as well. Bidding two hearts will get you a three heart response and now you know the heart fit would be the best suit and can go into convention. You still might end up in no trump but it is better to take your time and get as much info as you can before having to make that fateful decision lol.
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  69. Profile photo of whizkid whizkid says:

    side note – their is a play on the hand where you can add an additional chance on making the hand. Of course you are hoping for a 3-3 spade break but if the spades break bad you can play for a squeeze on the hand and still make it if the hand with the spades also has the K of diamonds. You would have to play the clubs and the heart winners first before attacking spades. If the spades break it doesn’t matter but if they don’t break then the hand with the spades and K of diamonds is squeezed and has to leave a suit unprotected. In this hand east would be the one squeezed and would most likely protect the spades since he can see that threat. The part where it would get nerve-racking would be in deciding whether to go for the squeeze of west if they showed up with the spades or taking the finesse in diamonds hoping that east had the diamond k. I would go for the squeeze because I think it would combine the most chances of making the hand. The only time I would lose would be if west had the spades and east had the king of diamonds. Any other scenario I would make the hand. Spades break 3-3, or either hand has both spades and the diamond k.

    The one scenario not mentioned is that east has the spades and West had the diamond King. I don’t count that as losing even though I go set because everyone else will go set no matter how the chose to play the hand. Finessing the King will not work or playing for the squeeze.
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  70. Profile photo of AgnesMin25 AgnesMin25 says:

    Watched the video, and went for 6NT and made it – not quite sure if that would have worked without the video though!
    These Videos are great Graham and Bajir – thank you so much.
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  71. Profile photo of anelm anelm says:

    I made the 13 in 7 hearts.
    @graeme, you said in the commentary that you do not call 4c in a suit call for As. That is for ACOL also?
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  72. Profile photo of twocents twocents says:

    I bid 7H pretty sure that partner’s spades would be good. Threw away the diamonds. Worked fine!
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  73. Profile photo of mcbradford mcbradford says:

    Great hand. I responded 2 Hearts and when we had a fit I asked for aces. The first time with 4 clubs and partner bid 5 clubs so I knew I was on the wrong track. What was that you said Graeme – only ask for Aces with 4 clubs when the previous bid was No Trumps when it was a suit bid 4 No Trumps? I did then bid 4Nts and ended up in 6 Hearts missing one King. However, I made 13 tricks for 1010. When you have a fit do you prefer No Trumps with a balanced hand?
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  74. Profile photo of Port1 Port1 says:

    The diamond finesse works lie down 7NT, it is worth a go, you get few hands with 34 high card points. Port 1 bid 7NT, made 7
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  75. Profile photo of pushpa pushpa says:

    Ask Blackwood
    4 aces and 3 kings bid 6 h
    Made 13 tricks
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  76. Profile photo of di68 di68 says:

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers
    Ask Blackwood 4 aces and 3 kings bid 7NT
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  77. Profile photo of robertell robertell says:

    Woohoo bid 7NT and made it managed to finesse Q dia

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  78. Profile photo of michael102 michael102 says:

    Bid H, then Blackwood for A then K, bid 7NT, made it after taking the D finesse. Relatively straightforward.

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  79. Profile photo of stephstone stephstone says:

    Missing 1 King so chickened out in 6H and made 13. Will try again in NT
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  80. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    Bid 6, made 7! Fun hand! Thank you! 🙂 🙂
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  81. Profile photo of brigitta brigitta says:

    made 6H first time
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  82. Profile photo of daniel13 daniel13 says:

    Having asked for aces I timidly stopped at 6 H but made 7.
    I never get hands like that in real life!!
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  83. Profile photo of shobhajolly shobhajolly says:

    Just played. First time I bid only 6H simply because when I asked 5NT wanting to know if Duffy had the king below the H and when response was 6H, I left there and made 13 tricks. Played again and bid 7H and made it. Couldn’t risk 7NT as the DKing was missing. Again made 13 tricks. Wasn’t happy as I didn’t bid 7H but don’t understand how I should have bid it.
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  84. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    On first play we made it….
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  85. Profile photo of nevillet nevillet says:

    Correction we made seven (7)….!!!!
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  86. Profile photo of davstevens davstevens says:

    When partner opens spades and supports hearts I’m thinking grand slam, but partner only has 2 kings. That means we are missing one king, and I cannot count 13 tricks. I will not bid a grand needing a finesse or a 3-3 break, so I settle for a small slam. I am biased by tournament scoring, though, so I bid 6NT instead of 6H. With a club lead into my K-J tenace I count 3 clubs, 5 hearts, 3 spades, 1 diamond for 12 tricks off the top. A spade split or a diamond finesse could give me 13, but if West has 4 spades and the K of diamonds I could actually lose 2 tricks. Fortunately the spades split and I don’t have to decide if I need the overtrick. So I will beat all the 6H or 6S bidders and lose to those who bid 7H, 7S, or 7NT. Depending on the state of the game or match I might decide to risk bidding 7H, but not without more information than I have.
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  87. Profile photo of jb4400 jb4400 says:

    Bid 7nt and made it.
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  88. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    went to Blackwood asked for aces ended up playing 6nt making 7nt
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  89. Profile photo of guyzer guyzer says:

    bid slowly to start to find fit in hearts, then with a king missing I decided to play in 7 hearts rather than NT as felt there was a higher probability of trumping a loser than relying on a favourable finesse later.
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  90. Profile photo of johngeep johngeep says:

    conservative gambler approach , bid 4D new suit forcing( or cue?) after 3H support, Gets a 4H response ie opener has 4 hearts.Then 4NT,5NT gives info on Aces and Kings. 7NT Bid
    Club lead give 3 tricks, 9 heatrs give 5 tricks and opponents discards, 3 Spade tricks , KD falls without finesse
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  91. Profile photo of joueur007 joueur007 says:

    Bid 7 hearts and made it.
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  92. Profile photo of pettam pettam says:

    I bid 6 hearts and made 7

  93. Profile photo of elizakaye elizakaye says:

    I went to 6 hearts. When I bid 5c asking for kings, after bidding 4c, the computer left me in clubs. I thought the computer played Blackwood.
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  94. Profile photo of suzie08 suzie08 says:

    Great hand. After partner opened I bid 2 H partner bid 3 H I went straight to 6H made 13.
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  95. Profile photo of harleydave26 harleydave26 says:

    7 NT makes because the king of diamonds is onside. 7H makes wherever the diamond king lies. I bid conservatively and should have taken the chance that either the king was onside or distribution would allow a discard. As things lie, 7NT is a winner at duplicate, but I’m happy to bid 6 and make 7 at contract bridge.
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  96. Profile photo of nahid nahid says:

    Made 7 NT, As the bidding go N has to have 5 Spades, N support my heart.. I went Blackwood We had all the aces 5NT respond 2 kings Means 1 king is missing ,went 7 NT. W played club. won 3 clubs 5 hearts 3 spades and 2 diamonds with luck.


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  97. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Hearts makes 13! Looking at other comments maybe S or NT does ,too.
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  98. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    NT makes 13 also!
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  99. Profile photo of shiningstar shiningstar says:

    6H made 13
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  100. Profile photo of chini chini says:

    Made 7, easily, no finesses. WHY did my partner pass? I jumped to 2 NT????????
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  101. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    partner opened spade i jumped him 3 hearts he said spades again so i went to 4nt …bid and made 6nt…………score 990 rank 6 of 1444

  102. Profile photo of cacho cacho says:

    bid and made 7 H
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  103. Profile photo of lizzys lizzys says:

    first time bid 6NT and made it, responding with 2H to partners bid, then straight to 4NT and second time bid 6H (after ace asking) and made 7

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  104. Profile photo of says:

    bid 6NT and made 7
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  105. Played this hand days ago and bid it very poorly, tried it again not remembering exactly what I had bid the first time……did a much better job this time …….I must be learning something
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  106. Profile photo of pegal pegal says:

    A great hand. First time, bid and made 6H, second time bid 7 NT and made.
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  107. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    did the same as mcfluff, brilliant name straight out of shakespeare and mrs beaton…knew on points coud only be an ace short at the most.
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  108. Profile photo of pegal pegal says:

    Woo! hoo! Bid 6H, using Blackwood for A & k.Made 7!!
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  109. Bid 6 Hearts made 13 tricks!
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  110. Bid 6NT made contract. Will try 7,NT – ,
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  111. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    Played twice…made 6 H first time, 6 NT second time, one over, too chicken to bid the 7…cluck, cluck 😀
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  112. Bid 6NT made 13 – no problem
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