HAND NO 30: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

8 5
K J 7
K Q 10 7 5
8 5 2

 

West

East

 

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

Q 9 6
Q 8 4
A 9 8 3
9 4 3

 

South

 

A 10 2
A 9 6 3
J 4
A K 8 6

 

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 (the long and solid diamond suit compensates for the missing high card points), closing

CONTRACT: 3NT South

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

PLAN

Five sure winners: one spade, two hearts and two clubs (three tricks against a 3-3 distribution).

Line of play: establish the diamond suit for four winners after holding up the spade ace.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 4, 5, Q, 2

Trick 2 E: 9, 10, J, 8

Trick 3 W: K, 2, 6, A

Trick 4 S: J, 6, 5, 3

Trick 5 S: 4, 2, Q, A

Declarer wins any return and cashes his ten winners: one spade, two hearts, four diamonds and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks, two spades and the diamond ace.

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