HAND NO 27: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K 6 5
K Q 9 3
10 9 8
J 10 6

 

West

East

 

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

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

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
3NT(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) Maximum opening hand, 16-17 HCP

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 2 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Four sure winners: three diamonds and one club.

Line of play: establish winners in spades and take finesses in hearts and clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 2, 8, 5, J

Trick 2 S: 9, 7, 5, 2

Trick 3 S: 10, A, 6, 3

Trick 4 W: 4, Q, A, 6

Trick 5 E: 6, K, 3, 9

Trick 6 S: J, 8, K, 4

Trick 7 N: J, 5, 7, 2

Trick 8 N: 10, K, A, 3

Trick 9 N: D, 8, 6, 5

Declarer cashes his winners for ten tricks: three spades, one heart, three diamonds and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks: one spade and two hearts.

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