The relationship between brothers is complicated. My parents promised me that I would be as tall as my 6′ 2″ brother, Sam. I topped out at a runty 5′ 9″ (in the morning) and have been looking for payback ever since. I thought I had an opportunity for some payback when Sam joined us for our Thursday lesson series on various bidding conventions. While we typically only bid the hands, Sam, sitting South, wanted to try playing the following diamond slam:
A note on the bidding: The topic of that day’s lesson was Lebensohl over reverses. North’s bid of 2NT over 2♥ showed in this case a weak hand, and demanded that South relay to 3♣, at which point North would typically sign off in South’s minor. But South “breaks” the relay with his 3♦ bid showing 6-4 in diamonds and hearts and a maximum reverse. This sets up a game force. North has perfect cards for slam try. Since the relay break sets up a game force, now North raises to 4♦ bid as a slam try. South is more than happy to oblige and, after checking for aces, goes to 6♦, trusting his partner to have values to justify a slam try after trying to sign off using a lebensohl 2 NT.
How would you play the hand after the lead of the ♠8, East playing the ♠K (promising the ♠KQ) under the ♠A? Diamonds are not 4-0. Click on the link below to see the answer.