HAND NO 17: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 7 6
A 9
7 6 5 2
10 8 5 4

 

West

East

 

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

A 8 4 2
K Q J
10 8
9 6 3 2

 

South

 

K 5
10 6 5 4 3
A Q J 9 4
A

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
2(3)

Pass
Pass

1NT(2)
Pass(4)

Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 6-9 HCP, without a support of 3+

(3) 4+ , distribution 5-4 or better, 13-17 HCP, requests a preference

(4) Minimum responding hand, preference for diamonds

CONTRACT: 2 South

OPENING LEAD: K (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Three or more possible losers: one spade, one heart or more and one diamond.

Line of play: ruff heart losers and establish the suit.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 4, 2, A

Trick 2 S: 3, 2, A, J

Trick 3 N: 2, 8, J, K

Trick 4 W: Q, 5, 3, 4

Trick 5 S: A, 3, 5, 10

Trick 6 S: 4, 7, 9, Q

Trick 7 E: 6, 9, J, 8

Trick 8 S: 4, 7, 6, K

Hearts are now established and declarer will concede a last trick to the spade ace.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus two overtricks.

The defense takes three tricks, the trump king, the spade ace and one heart.

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