HAND NO 11: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

J 10 6 4
A Q 7
6 4 3
Q 9 6

 

West

East

 

K 5
10 6 3 2
Q J 10 8
J 8 3

A
J 9 5 4
K 8 2
10 7 5 4 2

 

South

 

Q 9 8 7 3 2
K 8
A 9 6
A K

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
3(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
4(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 3+ , 6-9 TP, limiting

(3) Intermediate opening hand, 16-18 TP, invitational

(4) Maximum responding hand, 8-9 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Four possible losers: two spades and two diamonds.

Line of play: discard a diamond loser on dummy's club queen.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 3, 8, A

Trick 2 S: A, 3, 6, 2

Trick 3 S: K, 8, 9, 4

Trick 4 S: K, 2, 7, 4

Trick 5 S: 8, 3, Q, 5

Trick 6 N: A, 9, 6, 8

Trick 7 N: Q, 5, 9, J

Declarer can now concede the ace-king of trumps.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes two tricks: ace-king of spades.

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