HAND NO 14: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A Q 8 5
9 6
Q 10 9 4
9 4 2

 

West

East

 

J 9 3
4
8 7 3 2
K Q 10 7 5

K 10 7 4 2
Q 5 3 2
J 6
A 6

 

South

 

6
A K J 10 8 7
A K 5
J 8 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
3(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

1(2)
4(4)
Pass

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ , 6+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 6+ , 16-18 HCP, invitational

(4) 2+ , 6-12 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: K (from A-K or K-Q)

PLAN

Four possible losers: one heart, and three clubs.

Line of play: find the trump queen with East.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 2, A, 3

Trick 2 E: 6, 8, 10, 4

Trick 3 W: Q, 9, 7, J

Trick 4 W: 3, A, 2, 6

What now ? Declarer can't afford to lose a trump trick. He has two options: play ace-king hoping to drop the queen doubleton in one opponent's hand (28 % probability) or take the double finesse against East holding the queen (50 % probability).

Trick 5 N: 9, 2, 7, 4

Trick 6 N: 6, 3, 10, 2

Trick 7 S: A, 5, 4, 5

Trick 8 S: K, 7, 5, Q

Declarer takes the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: ace-king-queen of clubs.

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