Opening lead: jack of clubs
A thing of beauty is a joy forever, said Keats, and here is a hand you might want to keep in your treasure box for future reference.
South was in six notrump, and West led the jack of clubs. Declarer won with dummy’s queen and led a low diamond, on which East played the nine, South the ace and West a spade.
Having learned that East had six diamonds, declarer next played the A-J-K of hearts, disclosing that East had started with three hearts.
Declarer then cashed dummy’s king of clubs, and when East showed out, it became clear that his original distribution was precisely 3-3-6-1. The play of the queen of hearts, on which South discarded a club, brought about this position:
When declarer next led dummy’s deuce of clubs, East could not afford to part with a diamond because South would then play dummy’s K-J of diamonds to establish the eight as his 12th trick. So East discarded a spade.
Declarer now cashed the king of spades and continued with the six. West had to follow low, whereupon South “finessed” the 10. East won with the jack but was forced to return a diamond from his Q-10-6 to dummy’s K-J of diamonds and ace of spades, and the slam was home.
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