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THE PUZZLE OF THE SLAMS
Charles Goren
December 22, 1969
In my years at the table I have found—believe it or not—a few players who will admit that the cards they hold are almost as good as the next fellow's. But even they add that on slam bids they are dogged by misfortune, while Lady Luck smiles on the higher risks of their opponents. These slam puzzles are designed to test your play of the hand, not your card-holding luck, and you will either play each slam right or you won't, so there are no intermediate scoring credits. (Sometimes the puzzle is to discover what the problem can possibly be.) Count 10 points for each success and rate yourself according to this table:
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December 22, 1969

The Puzzle Of The Slams

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In my years at the table I have found—believe it or not—a few players who will admit that the cards they hold are almost as good as the next fellow's. But even they add that on slam bids they are dogged by misfortune, while Lady Luck smiles on the higher risks of their opponents. These slam puzzles are designed to test your play of the hand, not your card-holding luck, and you will either play each slam right or you won't, so there are no intermediate scoring credits. (Sometimes the puzzle is to discover what the problem can possibly be.) Count 10 points for each success and rate yourself according to this table:

50-60—don't bid past game.
70-80—try an occasional slam.
90-100—you're a sure winner.
110-120—come join my team.

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[Ace of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Queen of Hearts]
[Jack of Hearts]
[9 of Hearts]
[Queen of Clubs]
[9 of Clubs]
[Ace of Diamonds]
[8 of Diamonds]
[7 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]

[King of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[10 of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[5 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[King of Diamonds]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[2 of Diamonds]

CONTRACT: 6 [Spade]

West leads the 10 of hearts to his partner's ace and East returns the suit. How should you play trumps?

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[King of Spades]
[9 of Spades]
[6 of Spades]
[4 of Spades]
[Ace of Hearts]
[Queen of Hearts]
[2 of Hearts]
[Queen of Clubs]
[Jack of Clubs]
[5 of Clubs]
[King of Diamonds]
[10 of Diamonds]
[4 of Diamonds]

[Ace of Spades]
[Queen of Spades]
[8 of Spades]
[5 of Spades]
[3 of Spades]
[King of Hearts]
[8 of Hearts]
[3 of Hearts]
[Ace of Clubs]
[King of Clubs]
[4 of Clubs]
[Queen of Diamonds]
[Jack of Diamonds]

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