HAND NO 29: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

5 3
A J 2
A 9 7 5 4
K 8 5

 

West

East

 

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

9 6 2
10 9 8 4
Q 10 3
Q J 2

 

South

 

A K 7 4
Q 7 3
K 2
A 7 6 3

 

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

Eight sure winners: two spades, two hearts, two diamonds and two clubs.

Line of play: establish the diamond suit for one or two winners.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 3, 2, K

Trick 2 S: K, 6, 4, 3

Trick 3 S: 2, 8, A, 10

Trick 4 N: 5, Q, 3, J

Trick 5 E: 6, 4, 8, 5

Declarer must duck one round in case East holds the the heart king.

Trick 6 E: 9, A, 10, 5

Trick 7 S: Q, K, A, 4

Declarer can now cash his ten winners: two spades, two hearts, four diamonds and two clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks: the diamond queen, a spade and a trick in the other suits.

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