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# Delusions of Grandeur

I’m in a generous mood and will offer you three grand as a gift! Slams, that is. Can you win 13 tricks in each contract? If so, you’re a grand player. You may look at all four hands.

1. 7 South

 — A 3 2 Q J 10 9 8 7 Q J 10 9 K Q J 10 Q J 10 9 8 — 5 4 3 2 9 8 2 K 7 6 5 4 6 5 4 3 2 — Lead: K A 7 6 5 4 3 — A K A K 8 7 6

It looks like 13 easy tricks, but the diamond suit is blocked. If you unblock the A-K early, West will get a ruff. If you draw his trumps, dummy will have no entry. The solution: Discard a diamond from dummy at trick one and win the A. Lead a low club to dummy; ruff a heart with the K; lead a low club to dummy; ruff a heart with the A; then lead your last club. As you draw West’s trumps you can pitch one diamond, then cash the A to throw your last diamond to leave dummy high.

2. 7 South

 A 3 2 A 3 2 4 3 2 A K 7 6 K 6 5 4 K 6 5 4 7 6 5 9 8 J 10 9 8 J 10 9 8 — Q J 10 5 4 Lead: 9 Q 7 Q 7 A K Q J 10 9 8 3 2