The first board of round 11 was a club slam that looked rather easy to make.... with normal splits. Only snag, trumps were 5-0, i.e. one defender had one more trump than either declarer or dummy. Still, the defensive trumps were nine-high, hence the slam was eminently feasible. Not all declarers made it, though. There are several winning lines; let's see the one chosen by Bsrbara Hackett (nee Stawowy) of the German Ladies Team.
Brd 17 AKT8 East 82 None K98 QT52 NEHMERT 943 QJ7652 K65 Q97 73 QJT6 98763 --- TAJIMA SHIMAMURA AJT43 A542 AKJ4 HACKETT W N E S ================ P 1H P 1S P 3C P 3D! P 3NT P 4C! P 4D! P 6C P P P --------Tajima led a diamond, won by dummy' s king while East signaled violently with the queen. Declarer cashed the ace-king of spades, discarding diamonds from her hand. Then a heart to the jack and West's king. A diamond came back to the ace. Only now declarer touched trumps, cashing the ace and receiving the bad news. But she was in control: ace of hearts, heart ruff, spade ruff low (this is the only risky move) and then a high crossruff to twelve tricks, while poor West has to under-ruff impotently four times!.
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