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West   North   East   South
pass     1♠       pass    2
pass     3       pass    41
pass     4NT2   pass   5♣3
pass     54      pass   6
all pass

1 - cue-bid
2 - RKC Blackwood
3 - 0 or 3 keycards
4 - asking for the trump queen

Not the most elegant auction, but the final contract is a sound one. West leads a diamond, dummy's queen holds. Plan the play.
After winning the first trick with the Q, the plan should be to play a heart to the ten, followed by a heart to the queen. When you play a heart to the ten, it holds. The correct play now is to cash the ♣A, and ruff a club in dummy.

East, who started with four hearts and one club, is helpless. If he discards, you play a heart to the queen, cash the A, and keep running clubs. If he overruffs and say he returns a diamond, play a spade to the ace, finesse the Q, cash the A drawing the last trump, and claim the contract.

 J932 Deal  K108
 5  KJ92
 K108  J9732
 J1094  8

While regular readers of this column may feel that the play to this deal is routine, the actual declarer made the mistake of cashing two top clubs; East ruffed and returned a diamond, after which the slam could not be made.

An opening spade lead or club lead is required to defeat the slam. Once a diamond has been led, declarer has to follow the recommended line of play to make the contract.
Par Contract Analysis:
The par contract on this deal is 5 By North-South.

Bridge Baron deal No : N3587-37872-61569-88446-55313-83025

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