HAND NO 16: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 10 9 5
A K Q J 8
A
J 8 4

 

West

East

 

A 4
10 5 4 2
Q J 10 2
A 10 7

7 3 2
6 3
K 9 8 7
K 9 5 2

 

South

 

K J 8 6
9 7
6 5 4 3
Q 6 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

Pass
1(2)
Pass(4)

Pass
Pass
Pass

1(1)
4(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ without a support of 3+ , 6+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) Jumps raise, 4+ , 19-21 TP, inviting to slam

(4) Minimum responding hand

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Four possible losers: one trump and two or three clubs.

Line of play: pull trumps and discard the losers on dummy's solid hearts.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, A, 9, 3

Declarer has two lines of play. vEither he dislodges the trump ace, in which case the defense will shift to clubs for two quick tricks and maybe a ruff if the suit splits worse than 4-3.

Either he runs three heart winners to discard a club from the closed hand, again risking a ruff if hearts don't split evenly. vWhich option is better ? A seven-card suit (clubs) will split 4-3 62 % of the time while a six-card suit (hearts) will split 3-3 only 35 % of the time. vSouth opts for the first line of play, leading low toward his spade king.

Trick 2 N: 5, 2, J, A

Trick 3 W: A, 4, 5, 3

Trick 4 W: 10, J, K, 6

Trick 5 W: 2, Q, 7, 8

Declarer wins the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks, one trump and two clubs.

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