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Cold slam missing three key cards

The tournament continued today at the venerable Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Once again we played team Korbel in the KO teams, this time in the semi final. Their team line up was slightly different with Joel Woolridge, Hazel and Darren Wolpert, David Grainger, and Daniel Korbel.

Our team included Ian Coats, Ken Marden, David Hutton, Jim Colvin, Keith Balcombe and myself.

Our team was up by only 1 imp at the half, Ian and Ken having held their own very well against Joel and David. Early in the second half, this beastie came up.


Dealer: West

Vul: Both 



West passed in first chair, and I opened 1NT (weak) as North. Joel Woolridge bid 2 spades, showing spades and a minor. Keith was looking at an 0-8-4-1 shaped hand, and chirped 3 hearts (forcing of course).

West passed, and I raised to 4 hearts. I was maximum in HCP with four card trump support yes, but I did not cue bid as my values looked a bit soft in light of the two suited overcall on my left.

Keith looked long and hard at his unusual hand, and finally decided to pass. He smoothly picked off the stiff king of trumps offside (sic), and chalked up twelve tricks.

To their credit, Daniel Korbel and Darren Wolpert bid and made the slam at the other table, though I don’t yet know their auction. As you can see, missing two aces and the king of trumps, this slam is legitimate.

If the defense cashes their Ace of clubs on the opening lead, declarer must locate the diamond queen in West’s hand. If they do not cash it (I gather West has a natural spade lead, his partner having the Ace), the spade honours provide a club discard, and the diamond guess is the cherry on top.

Team Korbel picked up 13 imps here, enroute to a 23 imp victory.


Daniel KorbelJanuary 3rd, 2010 at 3:43 am

Our auction went as follows:


4H- P – 6H – AP

3H was a fit showing jump. Not exactly textbook, but I figured I’d be no worse off by making it, and since we have a grand slam opposite xxx x KQxxxx Axx I thought I should leave diamonds in the picture.

AnnDecember 17th, 2015 at 4:21 am

Υπάρχει ένα ωραίο περιοδικό στην Αμερική με το όνομα Kivounim (Κατευθύνσεις) των ΧΧΧ, το οποίο είναι κάτι σαν το δικό μας “Άμυνα και Διπλωματία” και θέτει στρατηγικούς στόχους για το κράτος του ΧΧΧ. Σε αυτό το περιοδικό το 1982 παρουσιάστηκε το εξής άρθρο:”As a centralized body, Egypt is alaredy a corpse, especially if one takes account of the ever more violent confrontation between muslims and christians. Its division into distinct geographical provinces must be our political objective for the 90’s, on the western front.Once Egypt has been thus dislocated and deprived of central power, countries like Libya, Sudan and others farther away will experience the same dissolution. The formation of a Coptic state in Upper Egypt, and of small regional entities of little size is the key to a historic development which has been slowed down by the peace agreement, but is inescapable in the long term.In spite of appearances, the western front presents fewer problems than the one in the east. The partition of Lebanon into five provinces… Will prefigure what will happen all over the Arab world. The disintegration of Syria and Iraq into regions, based on ethnic or religious criteria, must be, in the long term, a primary goal for Israel, the first step being the destruction of the military power of these states.The ethnic structures of Syria expose it to a dismantling which could lead to the creation of a Shiite state along the coast, a Sunni state in the Aleppo region and another one in Damascus, and a Druze entity which might hope to constitute its own state – perhaps on our Golan – in any case with Houran and the north of Jordan… Such a state would be, in the long term, a guarantee of peace and security in the region. It is an objective which is alaredy within our reach.Oil-rich, and victim of internal strife, Iraq is in the Israeli firing line. Its dissolution would be, for us, more important than Syria’s, because it is Iraq which, in the short term, represents the more serious threat for Israel.”Source: “Kivounim”, Jerusalem, No. 14, February 1982, pp. 49 – 59Μετά φταίνε τα …πλαστά Λαδόκολλα των Σοφών…Οι ΧΧΧ θα γνωρίσουν τέτοια καταδίωξη που ο κοντός με το μουστάκι θα φαίνεται Άι Βασίλης! Η απληστία τιμωρείται κάποια στιγμή.

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