HAND NO 31: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

J 3
Q 7 5
K Q J 6 4
9 7 6

 

West

East

 

10 9 8 7 2
A 8 2
A 5 3
10 2

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

 

South

 

A K 6
J 9 4
10 9
A K Q 8 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 (the long and solid diamond suit compensates for the missing highcard points), closing

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 10 (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Five sure winners: two spades, and three clubs.

Line of play: establish winners in diamonds or clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 10, 3, 5, K

Trick 2 S: 10, 3, 4, 2

East must retain his ace hoping declarer has only two diamonds and no entries to dummy.

Trick 3 S: 9, A, 6, 7

Trick 4 W: 9, J, Q, 6

It is now declarer who must retain his ace hoping East holds only two spades.

Trick 5 E: 4, A, 2, 6

Declarer has no choice to cash his top clubs hoping for a 3-2 break and concede the rest of the tricks to the defense.

RESULT

The contract is set one trick.

The defense takes five tricks, two spades, two hearts and one diamond.

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