HAND NO 23: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

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

7 2
8 4
9 5 2
K 8 6 4 3 2

 

South

 

A Q J 8 5
A J 6 3
Q 8
7 5

 

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) 4+ , 13-15 HCP, forcing for one round

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

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Four possible losers: one spade, two diamonds and one club.

Line of play: discard the club queen on declarer's fourth heart or take finesses in clubs or spades.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 3, 2, 8

East plays the two, signaling negative attitude. What's the best shift for West, knowing that East is denying the diamond queen or a doubleton ?

West counts his defensive tricks: the spade king and probably two diamonds. The possible setting trick must come from hearts or clubs. vIf East holds the heart ace, he will always have the opportunity to cash it, so a club shift seems more appropriate.

Trick 2 W: J, Q, K, 5

Declarer had an immediate decision: who has the club king ? Who has the trump king ?

Knowing that at least one of the two kings must be on-side to make his contract, South inserted dumm'ys queen which lost to East's king.

No matter the return, declarer will now lose to the trump king.

A diamond continuation or a heart shift by West at trick two would have allowed declarer to discard dummy's losing club on a good heart after pulling trumps.

RESULT

The contract is set one trick.

The defense takes four tricks: one spade, two diamonds and one club.

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