HAND NO 19: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

4
Q 10 9 4
K 5 4 2
K 8 5 4

 

West

East

 

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

J 9 3
5 2
A 8 7 6 3
A J 9

 

South

 

A Q 7 6 2
A K J 8 6

7 6 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
2(3)
4(5)

Pass
Pass
Pass

1NT(2)
3(4)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 4+ , 5-4 distribution or better, 13-18 HCP, requests a preference

(4) 4+ , maximum responding hand, 8-9 HCP, invitational

(5) 16-18 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Three or more possible losers: three clubs and some tricks in diamonds and spades.

Line of play: cross-ruff diamonds and spades.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 2, 8, 6

Trick 2 S: A, 8, 4, 3

Trick 3 S: 2, 5, 4, 9

Trick 4 N: 4, 3, 8, 9

Trick 5 S: 6, 10, 9, J

Trick 6 N: 5, 6, J, 10

Trick 7 S: 7, K, 10, 8

Trick 8 N: K, A, K, Q

Trick 9 S: A, 2, Q, 2

Declarer still has to cash his trump ace for ten tricks.

A trump lead, which is often recommended when the opponents play in a secondary suit, would have limited declarer to nine tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes the last three tricks.

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