HAND NO 21: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

J 5
Q 9 8 7
A 8 6 5
Q J 7

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

 

South

 

A K 8 7 6 3
5 3
K J 3
10 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
2(3)
Pass(5)

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
3(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5+ (or a support of 3+ ), 10+ HCP, forcing for one round, promises another bid

(3) 6+ without a support of 3+ , 13-15 HCP, limiting

(4) 2+ , 10-12 TP, invitational

(5) Minimum opening hand without any additionnal values

CONTRACT: 3 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Three possible losers: one diamond and two clubs.

Line of play: routine play; pull trumps As soon As possible.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 6, K, 3

East rises with the king (in case his partner led from Q x) and follows with the king and a low club ruffed in the closed hand.

Trick 2 E: A, 10, 7, 8

Trick 3 E: A, 3, Q, 9

Declarer can now pull trumps and dislodge the diamond ace to claim the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks: the diamond ace and two clubs.

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