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Andrew’s favourite conventions (ten)

My tenth and last featured convention in the series utilises the seldom-used bid of 5 NT (when not preceded by 4 NT) to mean, “partner, please pick a slam”. Perhaps there are two (or more) possible trump suits to choose between, perhaps the partnership are clearly on a different wavelength and do not even know which trump suit has been agreed. Invaluably, the 5 NT bid clarifies the situation.

Most partnerships reached the unmakeable 6 NT on this week’s hand. Not you and I.

South Deals
None Vul
K 6
A K 8 7
K Q 5 3
A Q 2
Q J 10 9 4
J 3
8 7 6 2
J 9
8 3
Q 10 9 6 5
10 8 7 6 5
A 7 5 2
4 2
A J 10 9
K 4 3
West North East South
      1 NT
Pass 5 NT Pass 6 
Pass Pass Pass

South opened 1 NT (12-14) and North knew that there were enough points (at least 33) to have a go for a small slam. His 5 NT response committed the partnership to slam, and logically asked South to bid his four card suits “up the line” in an effort to find a fit. Should no fit have come to light the partnership would have rested in 6 NT. In actuality, South’s 6  bid hit the jackpot and West led ♠ Q.
Declarer won ♠ K and played ♠ 6 to ♠ A. He trumped ♠ 5 with  Q, crossed to  9, trumped ♠ 7 with  K and drew West’s trumps with  AJ10. All that remained was to cash ♣ AKQ and  AK. He had made all thirteen tricks.


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