HAND NO 28: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K 8 6
A 7 3
K 4 2
8 6 3 2

 

West

East

 

Q J 10 3 2
J 10 8
7 6 5
A 4

9 7
Q 9 5 4
Q J 10 8
9 7 5

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
Pass

Passse
Pass

3NT(2)
 

Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Balanced hand without a four-card major, 10-15 HCP, closing

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Six sure winners: two spades, two hearts and two diamonds.

Line of play: establish the club suit for three winners.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 6, 7, A

Trick 2 S: K, 4, 2, 5

Trick 3 S: Q, A, 3, 7

No matter West's return, declarer will cash two spades, two hearts, two diamonds and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: the club ace plus three tricks in the other suits.

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