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Playing 7NT with so-so cards and distribution

 

 

After a bidding where opps keep silence you arrive in 7NT played by South with a 10 lead. You see:

North
AQ3
AJ874
KJ
A102
South
J6
K2
A108654
KQJ

Counting top tricks you get to only 8: one spade + two hearts + two diamonds + three clubs. Not very encouraging... Obviously you must play on diamonds and guess the Q to have a chance for 13 tricks. The lead looks like the top-of-nothing, it's 99.9999% that West doesn't have the K... So you put the A, get in hand with a high club and cross your fingers for a diamond finesse to the Jack. It holds ! Ok, but you are not done... K, A and another club to get back to hand and you start running the diamonds. Clubs and diamonds split, good news! You know East has the K and you hope that also he has the Q so he will be squeezed when you run the diamonds. Playing to finesse twice for the Queen in West hand in a grand slam is really to much...The situation of the last four cards is this: 

West
1098
3
North
AJ87
East
K
Q109
South
J
K2
A
D

When you play the A East will be squeezed in spades and hearts. He can't throw the K or your Jack will be high and if he is discarding a heart you will simply cash the last three hearts tricks in force. Bridge luck was with you and you make all 13 tricks. Well done declarer ! Only side comment is: Next time you bid a grand try to have an easier way to 13 tricks and at least 75% chances to make. Otherwise you might get into the stupid situation when you go down in a grand and at the other table the opps are only in game... The full hand was:

West
109854
3
Q93
9864
North
AQ3
AJ874
KJ
A102
East
K72
Q10965
72
763
South
J6
K2
A108654
KQJ
D

Seeing only NS hands probably a 6 contract is the percentage bid, but for sure 7NT gets a lot more adrenaline in your blood as declarer!

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