All the Mistakes
Cy the Cynic says that anyone can make a mistake, but it takes real dedication to make a ton of them.

Dlr: North ♠ A Q 8 2
Vul: All J 10 5
♣ 6 5 3 2
♠ 4 ♠ J 10 7
9 8 7 6 4 3 2
10 7 6 4 K 9 8 5 3 2
♣ Q 10 9 7 ♣ 8
♠ K 9 6 5 3
♣ A K J 4
North East South West
1♣ Pass 1♠ Pass
2♠ Pass 4♣ Pass
4 Pass 6♠ All Pass

Opening lead — 9
At today’s slam, South took the A and led a trump to dummy’s ace. East-West followed, so South cashed the ♣A, drew trumps and led a second club from dummy. When East discarded, South groaned, took the king and tried for a 12th trick by finessing with the Q. East produced the king, and South also lost a club.
What errors did South make?

Trump Suit

First, South’s handling of the trump suit was wrong. He must start by leading the king in case West has J-10-7-4.
After South draws trumps, he can assure the slam. He leads a diamond to the ace, ruffs the Q, takes two more hearts and the ♣A, and leads a low club.
If clubs broke 3-2, South would always be safe. When they break 4-1, he succeeds because the defender who wins is end-played — forced to lead a third club from the queen or yield a ruff-sluff.

Daily Question

You hold: ♠K 9 6 5 3   A K Q J    ♣A K J 4.
You open 1♠, your partner responds 1NT, you jump to 3♣and he returns to 3♠. What do you say?

This position is awkward. You couldn’t pass even if you wanted to, but to bid 4♠ is unappealing because partner may have taken a preference with a low doubleton. Bid 3NT. At least your singleton diamond is an honor. Partner may hold: ♠10 4  8 7 5 3 A Q 8 7    ♣Q 7 3

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