HAND NO 26: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

J 9 7
K 6 3
A 10 6 3
J 8 5

 

West

East

 

A 3 2
J 9
Q 8 5 4
9 7 6 3

K 5 4
A 10 5 2
7 2
Q 10 4 2

 

South

 

Q 10 8 6
Q 8 7 4
K J 9
A K

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
Pass(3)

Passse
Pass

2NT(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Balanced hand without a four-card major, 8-9 HCP, inviting to 3NT

(3) Minimum opening hand, 15-16 HCP

CONTRACT: 3NT South

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

PLAN

Five sure winners: three diamonds (four if the queen lays with East) and two clubs.

Line of play: establish winners in spades rather than hearts.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 4, 3, 2, 9

Trick 2 S: 6, 2, 7, K

A diamond return toward ace-ten in dummy is not appropriate. Neither is a heart shift.

Trick 3 E: 2, K, 3, 5

Trick 4 S: Q, 3, 9, 5

Trick 5 S: 10, A, J, 4

Trick 6 W: 6, 8, 10, A

South can now count seven sure tricks: two spades, three diamonds and two clubs.

He can now cash his spade winner and safely lead a low heart toward dummy's king to establish his eighth trick.

East wins the heart ace and cashes his two club winners. But he must now return a diamond or a heart, giving declarer the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: two spades, one heart and two clubs.

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