HAND NO 13: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

9 6 5 3
4
A 6 2
K 10 7 6 3

 

West

East

 

K 8
J 10 9 8
K Q J 7
Q 9 8

7 4
7 6 5 3 2
10 8 5
A J 2

 

South

 

A Q J 10 2
A K Q
9 4 3
5 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
3(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
4(4)
Pass

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 16-18 TP opening hand, invitational

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

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: K (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Five possible losers: one trump, two diamonds and two clubs.

Line of play: discard losers in dummy on declarer's solid hearts and take the finesse in spades.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, A, 5, 3

Trick 2 N: 4, 2, Q, 9

Trick 3 S: K, 8, 2, 3

Trick 4 S: A, 10, 6, 5

Trick 5 S: 4, 7, 3, 8

Trick 6 N: 9, 4, 2, K

Trick 7 W: 8, 10, J, 4

Trick 8 E: A, 5, 9, 3

If declarer takes the losing trump finesse at trick two, the defense will cash the spade king, two diamonds and two clubs, setting the contract two tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: the trump king and two clubs.

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