HAND NO 22: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A 10 6 5
Q 3
A J 4 2
K 9 7

 

West

East

 

3 2
10 8
Q 10 8 5 3
Q J 2

J
J 9 6 5 4 2
K 6
A 10 5 3

 

South

 

K Q 9 8 7 4
A K 7
7
8 6 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
2(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
4(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ , 10+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 5+ , 13-15 HCP, minimum opening hand

(4) 3+ , 10-17 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Three possible losers in clubs

Line of play: routine play; pull trumps As soon As gaining the lead.

PLAY

West leads the club queen, top of a sequence in an unbid suit. vNo matter how declarer plays his clubs, the defense win the first three tricks.

Declarer easily wins the rest of the tricks on any return.

Remark: West made an excellent choice of opening lead from the top of a sequence rather than from his doubleton in hearts. The lead of a doubleton in a suit not bid by partner is seldom profitable to the defense.

An heart lead from a doubleton would have allowed declarer to pull trumps and later discard one of dummy's losing clubs on his third heart.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: ace-king-queen of clubs.

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