Today's hand is a real challenge. In addition to being an endplay, declarer is tasked with establishing a suit in dummy and forcing the opponent to lead to gain entry to dummy's hand.
You usually want to play a hand in such a way as to have maximum probability of success. Card placement in today's hand is important, but investigate the possibilities in the proper order to discover the best play.
This hand has something for everyone. The bidding is challenging, the play incorporates some luck, excellent card reading, deception, and elements of an endplay.
Just as you must be accurate when bidding a slam, you must avoid bidding those slams that have a poor chance of making. Avoid disaster by stopping before you get too high. Trump management is a critical aspect of declarer play today.
This hand is challenging in several ways. First, the bidding begins with a reverse. Do you and partner play from the same book?
Second, counting tricks is difficult. Sometimes you just have to have faith that the tricks are really there.
Bidding and making a grand slam is exhilarating! It is challenging when the opponents interfere with the bidding. How well can you do on the following hand?
A 2NT bid by a passed hand is the unusual NT reopening bid. In this hand, declarer has to protect himself by avoiding letting West get the lead.
A jump overcall in the passout seat is intermediate, not weak. Who would you be pre-empting?
Suit establishment is the them in the play of the hand,
2NT in the balancing seat by an unpassed hand is strong. Pretend you just opened 2NT as opener. Use the same conventions you normally do.
Today's hand is simple to bid, provided you use Delayed DONT. The play of the hand is a challenge. Wander through the labyrinth of possibilities. The solution is a combination of suit development and loser-on-loser play.
Bill Jacky, Las Vegas, NV