A deal from the quarter final match of the Goldstone Trophy between St Titus and The Four Dummies on 1st February.
Dealer S Love All.
(2) Transfer to clubs
(3) No fit for clubs
After South had opened a strong notrump North transferred to clubs. South bid two notrump to deny a fit in clubs as good as Ax, Kx or Qxx. North now bid game. South correctly inferred that North had been looking for a slam if there had been a club fit. As South had a maximum with good controls, he made a further slam try of four notrump which North was happy to raise to six.
You need to bring in the clubs for at most one loser to make this slam. How do you play the club suit?
Start with the four of clubs from the South hand in case West has a singleton honour. If West plays low finesse the nine. If this loses to the jack finesse the queen next time. Finessing the nine first time loses to East having a singleton jack (one case) but gains when East has a singleton small card (three cases).
The clubs will play for five or six tricks 68% of the time making this a decent slam.