HAND NO 12: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

9 8 2
K 6 4 2
10 8 7
Q J 10

 

West

East

 

Q 10 5 3
8 7
K Q J 5 3
9 4

J 7
9 5
A 9 6 2
K 8 7 6 5

 

South

 

A K 6 4
A Q J 10 3
4
A 3 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
4(3)

Pass
Pass

2(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 19-21 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: K (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Four possible losers: two spades, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: ruff a spade loser in dummy.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 7, 9, 4

Trick 2 W: Q, 8, 2, 3

Trick 3 S: A, 7, 2, 5

Trick 4 S: Q, 8, 4, 9

Trick 5 S: A, 3, 2, 7

Trick 6 S: K, 5, 8, J

Trick 7 S: 4, 10, 9, 5

No matter West's return, declarer's fourth spade will be trumped in dummy and the club finesse will produce an overtrick.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes two tricks: one spade and one diamond.

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