1 (A) 21 pts. slam due to splinter

We were playing Rubber Bridge on 07.11.2011. Our opponents E-W were playing standard & West opened 1H which was doubled by N and East bid 4H. Opening lead S-A, made 6. Bidding in modified precision will be as follows:

(i) In spite of opponent's take out double, slam will be reached with only 21 pts, due to advantage of splinter bid and its responses.

Bidding
W N E S
1 heart
(11-15 & min 5 cards H suit)
Dbl. 3 diamond*
(splinter in D showing singleton)
P
3 spade
(no wasted value in D & I also have singleton S)
Dbl. 4NT
(RKC in H)
P
5 heart
(2 key cards without trump Q i.e. H-A & D-A)
P 5NT
(King Asking bid)
P
6 diamond
(1 king i.e. C-K)
P 6 heart** ///

*Though the pts are less but with 6 card support you are going to bid 4H so why not show on the way dia. singleton

**trump Q not reqd because of 11 cards of trumps headed by A and K




(ii) GAME : Now interchange North and East hands and see the fun. With more pts i.e. 29, only game is there. Bidding will be as follows:

W E
1 heart
(11-15 & min 5 cards H suit)
1 spade
(First relay for strength)
1NT
(11-13)
2 club
(2nd relay for dist. exploring for 4-4 S fit)
2 diamond
(4 card diamond)
3NT///




Note: This is the beauty of bridge. With less pts slam is there but with more points only game is there. Only in this system, it can be explored in a short and simple manner below game level. Just two bids viz 3D and 3S, will take you to the slam which you could never have imagined otherwise.


(iii) Reaching slam against pre-emptive bid

On same day, after some time we changed partners. Now E (who did not use the splinter bid) was my partner. We got this deal and W was the dealer. Bidding went as, 3C by West, doubled by N, E raised to 4 C & I bid 4S which was passed by N. Opening lead C-A & made 7. With my regular partner, bidding would have been as follows:

Dealer West. Opening lead C-A

SLAM:In spite of opponent's opening pre-emptive bidding, slam can be reached with just 27 pts routinely by RKC & using inferences from opponent's bidding.

Bidding
W N E S
3 club Dbl. 4 club 4 spade
P 4NT*(RKC in S) P 5 club
(zero keycard)
P 5 diamond
(trump Q asking)
P 5 spade
(Yes, Step II reply)
P 5NT
(King asking bid)
P 6 diamond
(One king i.e. D-K. Had it been C-K, my partner would not show as it is wasted.)
P 6*/7*spade///
(if in passive mood, bid 6S & if in aggressive mood, bid 7S)

* South has shown 5 cards S suit and some 7-8 pts. I have S-A,K ; H-A,K and D-A, so let me find out which pts he is having. He is not likely to have club pts in view of opponents pre-empts and support by his partner so all the points should be working.

1 (B) 27 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 14.09.2009 Dealer North, Opening lead H-A

Bidding
W N E S
- 1 spade 2 heart
(11-15 & natural)
(1 pt added for 6 cards suit)
4 heart*
(Splinter in H showing H void)
Dbl. 4NT
(RKC for S)
P
(2 key cards i.e.D-A,C-A without trump Q)
5 heart
P 5NT
(King asking)
P 6 heart
(2 kings i.e. C-K & D-K)
P 7 spade///,
(no losers in any suit)

*Although one trump is less for splinter, it is compensated by higher prime pts & void.

*Note : even if E doesn't interfere with 2H over-call, bidding remains same.

1 (C) 24 pts Grand slam with certainty

Played on 11.04.2009 Dealer South, Opening lead S-8

Bidding
W N E S
- - - 1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
P 4D*
( Dia. void)
Dbl. 4NT
(RKC for Spade)
P 5S
(2 key cards with trump Q)
P 5NT
(cards)**
P 6C
(No king)
P 7S///
(No losers in any suit)

* Though 1 trump is less ,it is compensated by good shape(2 five card suit) & void.

1 (D) 27 pts Grand Slam with certainty

(i)Advantage of splinter & its responses.

Played on 28.08.2005.Dealer North. Opening lead H-K (even on a trump lead it will make).

Bidding
N S
1 spade
(11-15 & 5 cards S suit)
3 heart*
(splinter in H.)
4 diamond
(No wasted values in H. I also have dia. singleton)
4NT
(RKC in S)
5 spade
(2 key cards with trump Q, i.e. H-A, S-A & Q)
5NT
(King asking)
6 diamond
(1 king i.e. C-K)
7 spade///
(1 each in H & D, 3 in C, 5 in trumps and 3 ruffs in dummy)

* With min. 11 pts of opener, there is game, and as North is going to be declarer, dist. relay. is not used.


Now interchange East and South hands.

(ii) PART GAME : Bidding will be as follows

N S
1 spade 1NT
2 club 2NT(sign off)
3 club///
Because of dia. singleton

1 (E) 29 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 11.11.2009 Dealer South , Opening lead S-10

Bidding
N S
- 1 spade
(11-15 and natural)
3 diamond
(splinter in D)
4 club
(I also have singleton C. No wasted values in Dia)
4NT
(RKC in S)
5 heart
(2 key cards i.e. S-A and D-A)
5NT
(King asking)
6 diamond (One king i.e. H-K as no wasted values in Dia.)
7 spade///
(C-K to take care of 3rd H loser)

(ii) GAME

Now if you interchange North and West hands, bidding will be as follows :

S W N E
1S Dbl. P 1NT(denial)
P 2C P 3C
P 3NT///

1 (F) 23 pts. Slam with near certainty

Played on 2.10.2009 Dealer North, Opening lead D-A

Bidding
N S
1 heart
(11-15 & natural)
3 diamond
(Splinter in D)
4 club
(No wasted values in D & I also have singleton C)
4NT
(RKC in H)
5 spade
(2 key cards with trump Q i.e. H-Q any any two out of S-A, D-A and H-K)
6 heart///
(North has shown 9 pts only so far for his opening bid of 11-15 pts. He must have min. S-Q, as no wasted values in C & D)

1 (G) 27 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Short and simple. Just two bids i.e. 3D by South and 3H by North dramatically changed the whole complexion of the hand

Played on 27.03.2009 Dealer North , Opening lead D-K

Bidding
N S
1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
3 diamond
(Splinter in D)
3 heart
(No wasted values in D & I also have H singleton)
4NT
(RKC in S)
5 spade
(two key cards with trump Q i.e. C-A, D-A & S-Q)
5NT
(King asking bid)
6 diamond
(one king i.e. C-K as no wasted values in D)
7 spade///
(no loser in any suit)

1 (H) 22 pts Slam

How a dead Part Game suddenly becomes a live wire!! Not only to game but to Slam!!

Played on 08.11.2011 Dealer South, Opening lead C-J

Bidding
N S
- 1 spade
(11-15 and natural)
2 heart
(6-9 pts and natural)
4 diamond*
(splinter in D)
4NT
(RKC in H)
5 club
(3 key cards i.e. S-A, H-A and K)
5 diamond
(trump Q asking)
5 spade
(Yes, as 5 card support with A and K)
6 heart///
(No loser in trumps, S or club .Only 1 Dia. loser)

* with 5 card trump support, South is going to bid 4H anyway. So why not show D singleton on the way.

1 (I) 26 pts. slam

I came across this deal during local tournament on 25/5/2009. (26 pts L-S, Importance of Prime points & splinter bid showing singleton).

Bidding
W N E S
- - - P
P 1 spade(1) P 3 diamond(2)
P 4NT(3) P 5 heart(4)
P 5NT(5) P 6 diamond(6)
P 6 spade(7)///
Opening lead diamondJ




Bidding explanations:

1) 1 spade 11-15 pts & min. 5 cards spade suit.
2) 3 diamond Splinter in diamond showing singleton (4diamond will show void) Note:HCPs are marginally less for splinter but otherwise bid will be 3S,so why not splinter.If opener has 11pts. he will pass & with higher pts. he will bid 4S on 3S response.
3) 4NT RKC in spade (as he is having higher side points & all prime points).
4) 5 heart Two key cards (i.e. spade - A & K)
5) 5NT King asking
6) 6 diamond 1 king either heart or club
7) 6 diamond 1 loser either in heart or club depending upon which king.

Bidding is simple. In view of quick entries in North Hand (Prime Points), declarer always get three diamond ruffs in dummy, even on a best lead of trump. Contract will make even on 0-4 trump distribution.

Beauty of this deal is that it shows the flexibility of this system. This allows you to bid part-game/ game/slam depending upon the locations of opener's high card points, after splinter bid by responder. If opener had K, J in diamond, and other suits points of K, Q or J he, will bid 3spade. If opener has points in others Suits in A, K etc. with some wasted values in diamond, then he will stop in game. And as in this case, if he had prime points & no wasted values in diamond, he can explore for slam & bid it.

1 (J) 21 pts Grand Slam with certainty

This deal is from local tournament on 16.10.2006 (21 pts Grand Slam Sure & simple. Importance of splinter bid showing void)

Bidding
W N E S
- - - 1 spade(1)
P 4 club(2) P 4NT(3)
P 5 diamond(4) P 5NT(5)
P 6 diamond(6) P 7 spade(7)///
Opening lead diamondQ





Bidding explanations:

1) 1 spade 11-15 pts & min. 5 cards spade suit.
2) 4 diamond Splinter in club showing void (3 club would show singleton) Note:- Though HCPs are less for Splinter but it is compensated by additional two more cards in trump and club void.In any case with 6 cards trump support you will bid 4S so on the way why not show club void.
3) 4NT RKC in spade conveying no wasted values in club
4) 5 heart one key card (i.e. heart - A)
5) 5NT King asking
6) 6 diamond One king (i.e diamond - K or heart - K)
7) 7 diamond If heart - K then no loser in heart. If diamond - K, then it will serve for heart discard.

1 (K) 23 pts Grand Slam with certainty

This is deal No. 26 of local tournament on 29.05.2011.

Bidding
W N E S
1 heart
(11-15 & 5 card heart)
1 spade 4 diamond(1) P
4 spade(2) Dbl. 4NT(3)
5 heart(4) P 7 heart(5)///






Bidding Explanation

1) 4D Splinter in diamond showing void (3 diamond shows singleton).Min.4 cards trump support with one honour & min. game going pts (ie. 13 pts against min 11 of opener) & possibility of slam if no wasted values in diamond
2) 4S No wasted values in diamond (i.e. A or K), Against diamond void of East, I also have spade void. You reassess your hand in light of this information.
3) 4NT RKC in heart
4) 5H Two key cards i.e. heart A & K. No diamond A because against void he has shown no wasted value i.e. denying diamond A or K.
5) 7H No loser in diamond & spade. Opener's 11 to 15 pts must contain club - Q as no pts. in spade & diamond - A, K pts. So no loser in club also. So you can bid with certainty which is the advantage in this system.

NOTE:

  1. E-W can make 7 heart, even on best lead of trump. It is different matter opening leader has no trump. Unless Splinter is used, it is very difficult to reach 6 heart.
  2. N-S will go down two on correct defence of not trumping diamond, when played low from North.

It was a sheer coincidence that during this tournament, we had published in our bulletin, an article by David Bakshi on "Splinter Bid Convention" from English Bridge Magazine. On all table except my table, contract was 4 spade by N & Dbl. by E, going two down. On my table, I was South, my partner over-called with 1 spade, but allowed opponent to play in 4 heart, instead of bidding 4 spade as done by others. Had each East used the splinter then EW are likely to reach 6 heart, because of uncertainty whether Dia. is 'singleton' or 'void'. however in this system, bidding will be.

2 (A) 27 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 13.11.2011 Dealer South. Opening lead H-Q

Bidding
N S
- 1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
1NT
(1st relay for strength)
2 spade
(11-13)
2 diamond
(2nd relay for Dist.)
2 spade
(6 cards spade. No other 4 card suit)
2NT
(3rd relay for singleton after 6 cards suit)
3 diamond
(Dia. Singleton)
3 heart
(What is singleton?)
4 diamond
(D - A)
4NT
(RKC for S - six cards suit)
5 diamond
(1 key card i.e. S - A. Dia. A shown earlier.)
5 heart
(Trump Q asking)
5NT
(Yes, step II reply)
7 spade///
(Club to take care of H losers)

2 (B) 25 pts game.

Unmakable Slam avoided due to singleton asking relay.

Played on 05.10.2010.Dealer North, Opening Lead C-A

Bidding
W N E S
1 heart
(11-15 & natural)
2 club Dbl.
(1st Relay for strength)
3 club P
(11-13)
P 3 diamond
(2nd Relay for dist.)
P 3 heart
(6 card H)
P 3S
(3rd relay for singleton)
P 4C
(club singleton)
P 4heart*///

* It is very tempting to ask for RKC for H. But in view of 11-13 pts of opener, you will be in big trouble if you get the quite possible reply of 5S (showing 2 keycards with Trump Q).Had it been club void,then story would have been different!

2 (C) 26 pts Grand slam

First deal is 26 HCP Grand Slam and is from our early days. We were competing in Gujarat Open Pairs Selection Trial for National at Rajpath Club Ahmedabad about 10 years back. Nobody in the house had bid grand Slam. Majority South Opened weak 2S and ended in 4S. Those south players who did not open 2S, few were able to reach LS in H or S.

Bidding
W N E S
- - - 1 spade(1)
P 1NT(2) P 2 club(3)
P 2 diamond(4) P 2 spade(5)
P 2NT(6) P 3 club(7)
P 3 diamond(8) P 3 heart(9)
P 4NT(10) P 5 heart(11)
P 5NT(12) P 6 club(13)
P 7 heart(14)///

Bidding explanations:

1) 1 spade 11-15 pts & min. 5 cards spade suit.(1 pt added for dist.being 6 cards suit)
2) 1NT 1st relay for strength
3) 2 club 11 - 13 pts.(any other bid will show 14-15)
4) 2 heart 2nd relay for Dist.
5) 2 spade 6 cards spade suit & no other 4 cards suit
6) 2NT 3rd relay for singleton (after 6 cards suit)
7) 3 club Club singleton(which means H & D are 3-3 so tentatively contract will be in H suit)
8) 3 diamond Relay for what is singleton, honour or not?
9) 3 heart No honour(good news.Balance pts in other suits)
10) 4NT RKC for spade (6 cards suit, to find out S - Q for Dia.discards)
11) 5 heart Two key cards (i.e.heart-A & ,diamond-A, without spade-Q)
12) 5NT King asking
13) 6 club No King
14) 7 heart Spade length to take care of Dia. losers after one/two ruff as the case may be

Beauty of the above deal is that trump suit and final contract level is known to other three players at Grand Slam level only.

75% of the time , normally relayer become declarer and opener become dummy thus relayer's hand remains unknown till end and it becomes more difficult for the opponents to interfere in the bidding or to find correct defence.

2 (D) Flexibility of the system

I got this deal recently some time ago. This deal is a classic example of flexibility of this system i.e. you can stop in part game, game, L.S. or G.S. depending upon the replies you get from opener your relays.

Bidding
W N E S
- - - 1 spade(1)
P 1NT(2) P 2 spade(3)
P 2NT(4) P 3 club(5)
P 3 diamond(6) P 4 club(7)
P 4NT(8) P 5 spade(9)
P 7 spade(10)///
Opening lead heart-K

Explanation of Bidding and thought process of responder


Bid Meaning Thought process of responder
1) 1 spade 11 - 15 & 5 cardsspade suit -
2)1NT 1st relay for strength i.e 11 - 13 or 14 - 15 With 12 pts, min 3 spade contract is there, if opener has only got 11 pts. So first let me find how many pts. he has. So 1st relay by 1NT
3) 2 spade 14 - 15 & 6 cards spade Suit & no other 4 card suit as well (Had it been 11 - 13, then reply would be 2 club irrespective of dist.)
4) 2NT 2nd relay for singleton Now 4 spade game is assured. So, on the way to 4 spade let me find out whether has he got any singleton? If it is diamond, then my hand improves further. Hence 2nd relay for singleton.
5) 3club Club Singleton If no singleton then reply will be 3NT.
6) 3 diamond 3rd relay for What is singleton Not encouraging news but still let me find out what singleton as I am still below 4 spadelevel.
7) 4club Club A (3 heart - no honour, 3 spade - club Q, 3NT - club K & 4 club- club A)
8) 4NT RKC for spade trump (with only 6 card suit shown then, it is trump) With club-A, hand improved lot. L.S. appears to be probable. Let me now find out whether heart-A, spade-A & trump Q is with opener or not by RKC.
9) 5spade Two key cards with trump Q (spade-A & heart-A & spade-Q. spade-A has been excluded as it has been shown earlier by 4 club bid of opener)
10) 7spade Great news Opener's 14 pt has been counted & all are working. I will have 6 tricks of spade, two ruff in Dummy, one trick each in heart-A & diamond-A & min three trick in Club i.e. min. 13 tricks and so Grand slam. (14 tricks if club J, 4 carded and 15 trick if clubJ tripleton). So Simple!

Beauty of this deal is that it progresses from part game to game & then again game, then little slam and finally to grand slam depending upon five replies of opener, step by step.

3 (A) 31 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 26.11.2010, Dealer North, Opening lead H-3

Bidding
N S
1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
1NT*
(1st relay for strength)
2 diamond
(14-15 & 4 cards D suit)
(with 6 cards good S suit, he added 1 pt for Dist.)
2 heart
(2nd relay Dist.)
2 spade
(6 cards S)
2NT
(3rd relay for singleton after 6-4 Dist.)
3 heart
(H singleton i.e.6-1-4-2 dis.)
3 spade
(What is singleton?)
3NT
(No honour i.e.no A,K or Q)
4NT
(RKC for S - 6 cards suit)
5 heart
(2 key cards i.e. S-A & K)
5NT
(King asking, confirming all Aces, trump K & Q in combined hand)
6 diamond 7 spade///
(remaining pts. should be in D-Q or C-Q or both. As a matter of fact, even with 11pts also 7S will make by ruffing two dia. in dummy)

* (as S is having 18 pts., he should first find out how many pts N is having for trying slam)

3 (B) 26 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Deal no. 25 of IInd session of elimination round of Board-a-match of 44th winter national tournament played on 29.11.2002 at Ludhiana (26 pts., Grand Slam)

Bidding
W N E S
- 1 spade(1) 2 heart Dbl.(2)
P 4 club(3) P 4 diamond(4)
P 4 heart(5) P 4NT(6)
P 5 heart(7) P 7 club(8)
- P P Dbl.///
Opening lead heartA

Bidding explanations:

1) 1 spade 11-15 pts & 5 cards spadesuit.
2) Dbl. 1st relay for strength
3) 4 club Jump shows original suit 6 cards (spade) & second suit 5 cards (club)
Note :With H void (opponent's suit),he upgrades his hand from 11-13 to 14-15.
4) 4 heart 2nd relay asking for remaining two cards
5) 4 heart Bid suit void (if it is 6-5-1-1, then reply will be 4NT)
6) 4N RKC in second suit
7) 5 heart Two key cards (i.e. spade - A & club - K)
8) 7 club Spade length to take care of Dia. losers.

As declarer is North, it is unbeatable on any lead.

Beauty of this was that in-spite of this, we got Zero. Our counterpart in East was Sh Parimal Vahalia of Ahmedabad who overcalled Heart at two level but had doubled 4 heart cue bid of North (telling partner not to lead heart) and finally had also doubled final bid of 7 club by south (lightner dbl bid, asking for spade lead) which was redoubled. West could not understand East's both Doubles (cue bid as well as lightner dbl bid) and led heart

3 (C) 28 pts Grand Slam with certainty

This deal is from elimination round of Gujarat State Summer National Selection for pair held at GNFC, Bharuch on 21-2-2004.

Bidding
W N E S
- 1 spade(1) P 1NT(2)
P 2 club(3) P 2 diamond(4)
P 3 club(5) P 3 diamond(6)
P 3 spade(7) P 4NT(8)
P 5 spade(9) P 5NT(10)
P 6 club(11) P 7 club(12)///

Bidding explanations:

1) 1 spade 11-15 pts & min. 5 cards spadesuit.
2) 1NT 1st relay for strength
3) 2 club 11-13 pts.
4) 2 heart 2nd relay for dist.
5) 3 club Next 4 card club suit
6) 3 diamond 3rd relay for further Dist.
7) 3 spade Six card spade suit
8) 4NT RKC in spade (six cards suit).(Though the trump is going to be club but south already has A,K,Q of club, he wants to know about spade position for discards of diamond & heart)
9) 5 spade Two key cards with trump Q (i.e. spade-K, heart-A & spade-Q)
10) 5NT King asking
11) 6 club No King
12) 7 club spade length to take care of some of heart & diamond losers & remaining losers will be ruffed because opener has shown 6 & 4 cards of spade & club so remaining 3 cards will be heart & diamond (3-0 or 2-1 or 1-2 dist)

4 (A) 28 pts Grand Slam with near certainty

Played on 06.07.2008.Dealer North. Opening lead S-Q

Bidding
W N E S
- 1 heart
(11-15 & 5 cards H suit)
P 1 spade
(1ST relay for strength)
Dbl. 2 club
(14-15 & next 4 card suit)
P 2 diamond
(2nd relay for further dist.)
P 3 club
(5 cards C)
P 3 diamond
(3rd relay for singleton)
P 4 spade
(S void)
P 4NT
(RKC for C, 2nd five card suit)
P 5 diamond
(1 key card i.e. C-A)
P 5 heart
(trump Q asking)
P 5NT
(Yes, Step II reply)
P 7 club///
(opener has shown only 6 pts - C-A & C-Q on RKC.His balance pts 14/15 - 6 = 8/9 pts will be H-K, Q & D-Q as S - void. So no losers in C, D, H & S)

4 (B) 27 pts Slam

(Note: S-Q & J pts. are Superfluous)

Played on 09.10.2010 Dealer South. Opening lead D-3

Bidding
N S
- 1 heart
(11-15 & 5 cards suit)
1 spade
(1st Relay for strength)
2 club
(14-15 & 4 cards suit. 1 Pt added for two 5 cards suit)
2 diamond
(2nd Relay for Dist.)
3 club
(5 Cards Club)
3 diamond
(3rd Relay for singleton)
3 spade
(S Singleton)
4 club
(What is singleton?)
4 heart
(S-Q,step II reply)
4NT
(RKC for 2nd suit)
5 heart
(2 key cards i.e. H-A & C-K)
6 club///
( S-A missing. H to take care of Dia losers)

5 (A) 30 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 14.06.2004 Dealer North. Opening lead H-Q

Bidding
N S
1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
2NT
(Singleton asking relay)
3 club
(Club singleton)
3 diamond
(What is singleton??)
4 club
(C-A,step IV reply)
4NT
(RKC in S)
5 club
(no key card. C-A already shown)
5 diamond
(Trump Q asking)
5 spade
(Yes, step-II reply)
5NT
(King asking)
6 diamond
(1 King i.e. D-K)
7 spade///
(no loser in D, C, H and S)

5 (B) 28 pts slam

Played on 30.09.2012 Dealer South. Opening lead S-4

Actual Bidding
W N E S
- - - 1 heart(11-15 and natural)
1 spade 2NT
(relay for singleton)
3 spade Dbl.*
(S singleton)
4 spade 4NT
(RKC for H)
P 5 spade
(2 Key card with trump Q i.e. C-A, H-A and Q)
P 5NT
(King asking)
P 6 club
(No King)
P 6 heart P P
6 spade 7 heart///

* Without East's 3S bid, this was South's bid. Hence 'Dbl' shows the same thing.


However, bidding without interference will be as follows :


N S
- 1 heart
(11-15 and natural)
1 spade*
(1st Relay for strength)
1NT
(11-13)
2 club
(2nd Relay for dist.)
2 heart
(6 card suit. No 4 card other suit)
2 spade
(3rd relay for singleton)
3 spade
(Spade singleton)
4 club
(what is singleton?)
4 diamond
(No honour)
4NT
(RKC in H)
5 spade
(2 keycard with trump Q)
5NT
(King asking)
6 club
(no king)
7 heart///

* as north is having 17 pts, he wants to know whether S has 11-13 or 14-15. In later case, chances of slam are there.

(Dia. length to take care of club losers hoping Dia's divide 3-2 in case of 6-1-3-3 dist.)

5 (C) 24 pts Slam

Played on 18.10.2011 Dealer South, Opening lead D-10

Actual Bidding
N S
- 1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
2NT
(S matching & asking for singleton)
3 club
(Club singleton)
3 diamond
(what is singleton?)
3 heart
(No honour)
4NT
(RKC for S)
5 club
(0 or 3 key cards i.e. H-A, D-A & S-K)
6 spade///
(Only one club loser)


Now if we interchange the North and East hands, Bidding will be as follows:-

(ii) PART GAME :



S N
1 spade 2 diamond///
(showing 6-9 and natural)

Now if we interchange the North and the West hands, then bidding will be as follows :







(iii) PART GAME :



S N
1 spade 2 heart///
(showing 6-9 pts and natural)

5 (D) 27 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 15.08.2008 Dealer North, Opening lead H-9

Note : H-Q & C-Q, J in North & H-A in south hand is superfluous i.e. with 21 pt G/S

Bidding
N S
1 spade
(11-15 & natural)
2NT*
(Relay for singleton)
4 diamond
(Dia void)
4NT
(RKC in S)
5 heart
(2 key cards i.e. C-A & S-K)
7 spade///
(C-A to take care of H loser)

* Splinter in club is not used as it is C-K. Splinter is not given with singleton A or K.


(ii) PART GAME :

If we interchange South and West hands then bidding will be as follows:

N S
1 spade 2 heart///
(6-9 pts and natural)

6 (A) 26 pts Grand Slam with near certainty

Played on 29.11.2010 Dealer South, Opening lead C-3

Bidding
N S
- 1 heart
(11-15 & natural)
2NT
( asking for singleton)
4 club
(club void)
4NT
(RKC for H)
5 club
(0 or 3 keycards i.e. S-A, D-A and H-K)
6 diamond*
(Whether D-Q or Dia dbl.If yes, bid 7H. Otherwise, bid 6H.)
7 heart///
(yes)

* 6 level side suit bidding, by-passing 5NT (K asking inquiry) ,is asking Responder whether he has doubleton or Q in that suit ? If yes, then bid Grand Slam & if no, then bid Little Slam.

6 (B) 30 pts Grand Slam with certainty

Played on 16.05.2006 Dealer North. Opening lead S-2

Note: If H-Q Doubleton, then there is no use. But if H-Q tripleton, then it is useful for Dia discard.

Bidding
N S
1 spade
(11-15 & 5 cards S. 1 pt added for 6 cards suit)
2NT
(S matching asking for singleton)
3 club
(Club singleton)
3 diamond
(what is singleton?)
3 heart
(No honour i.e no A, K or Q)
4NT
(RKC in S)
5 heart
(2 key cards i.e. S-A & D-A)
6 diamond
(By passing King asking bid of 5NT it is asking whether Dia-doubleton or D-Q. If yes, bid 7S. If no, then bid 6S)
7 spade///
(yes either D-Q or Dia-doubleton)

7. 27 pts. Grand slam

Local Tournament on 20.12.2011 (Advantage of asking Singleton after Major Matching)

Bidding
W N E S
- - - 1 heart(1)
2 diamond(2) 2 heart(3) - 2NT(4)
P 3 club(5) - 4 heart(6)///







Bidding explanations:

1) 1 heart 11-15 pts & min. 5 cards H suit
2) 2 diamond Natural overcall
3) 2 heart 6-8 pts & min 3 cards support
4) 2NT 14-15 & asking singleton
5) 3 club Club singleton
6) 4 heart Partner's 6-8 pts will be on heart & spade(in view of 2 diamond over-call by W) hence all working.