HAND NO 2: MINOR OPENING

Dealer: East
Vul: None

North

J 8 5 2
J 10 6 4
A K
A J 7

 

West

East

 

A K 7 4
9 2
J 10 9 4 2
9 3

Q 9 3
Q 7 5
Q 7 6
10 6 4 2

 

South

 

10 6
A K 8 3
8 5 3
K Q 8 5

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(2)
4(4)

 
Pass
Pass

1(1)
2(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

 

(1) Better minor, 3+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 4+ , 13-15 TP, limiting

(4) 13-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Four possible losers: two spades, one diamond and one heart.

Line of play: find the trump queen with East; ruff the diamond loser in dummy.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 2, 9, 6

Trick 2 W: 4, 5, Q, 10

Trick 3 E: 3, 3, 7, 8

Trick 4 S: 3, 2, K, 6

Trick 5 N: J, 5, 8, 2

Trick 6 N: 6, 7, K, 9

Trick 7 S: A, 4, 6, Q

Declarer wins the rest of the tricks, throwing dummy's last spade on the fourth club and ruffing his last diamond with dummy's remaining trump.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes two tricks: ace-king of spades.

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