HAND NO 18: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

A J 10 8 6
Q J 7
A J 3
A 9

 

West

East

 

7 5 3
4 3
Q 9 7 4
Q 6 5 3

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

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1NT(2)
3NT(4)

 
Pass
Pass

1(1)
2NT(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 6-9 HCP without a support of 4+ , limiting

(3) Balanced hand de 16-18 HCP, invitational

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

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 3 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Six sure winners: one spade, two diamonds and three clubs.

Line of play: establish the spade suit.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 3, 9, 10, J

Trick 2 S: Q, 3, 6, A

Trick 3 E: 7, 8, 5, A

Declarer now has nine sure tricks and an opportunity for a two-way finesse in diamonds, which would provide an overtrick.

Trick 4 S: 2, 7, A, 6

Trick 5 N: J, 5, 8, Q

Trick 6 W: 4, J, K, 6

Trick 3 E: A, 8, 3, 7

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: one spade, two hearts and one diamond.

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