HAND NO 25: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

10 3
A Q J 8 4
A J 8 3
Q 9

 

West

East

 

J 9 7 5 4
10 7 6 5
6 4
K 8

K 6 2
K 9
Q 10 9 2
6 5 4 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2(2)
3NT

 
Pass
Pass

1(1)
2(3)
Pass

Pass
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) Stopper for spades, 10-17 HCP

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 5 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Six sure winners: two spades, one heart, two diamonds and one club.

Line of play: establish winners in clubs or hearts.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 5, 3, K, A

Which suit should declarer establish first, clubs or hearts ?

Even if the two suits are of equal length, the establishment of the club suit ensures the success of the contract, because declarer has complete control of the suit after after losing to West's king.

Trick 2 S: 5, 6, A, 2

Trick 3 N: Q, 5, 3, K

On any return by West, declarer can now claim his nine winners: four clubs, two diamonds, on heart and two spades.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: the club king, the heart king and two diamonds.

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