HAND NO 3: MINOR OPENING

Dealer: East
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

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

5 4 2
K 7 5 3
K 2
A Q 6 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(2)
3(4)
Pass

 
Pass
Pass
Pass

1(1)
1NT(3)
4(5)
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

(1) Better minor, 3+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ , 6+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 13-15 HCP without a support of 4+ , limiting

(4) 5+ , 10-12 HCP, invites to game in spades or in notrump

(5) 3+ , closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Four possible losers: one heart, one diamond and two clubs.

Line of play: establish the diamond suit in dummy to eliminate one or two losers in clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 2, 6, K, 9

Trick 2 W: 3, A, 4, 8

Trick 3 S: 3, 6, Q, 2

Trick 4 N: K, 4, 8, 7

Trick 5 S: 9, 5, 10, 3

Trick 6 S: Q, 4, 3, K

Trick 7 E: A, 4, 4, 10

Trick 8 E: 5, J, 10, J

Declarer wins the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: one heart, one diamond and one club.

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