HAND NO 32: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

8 7 2
A 10 8 6 5
K 6
6 5 4

K 6 5
J 7 2
8 7 5 2
9 8 7

 

South

 

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

 

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 or more major, 10-15 HCP, closing

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 6 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Seven sure winners: one spade, one heart, one diamond and four clubs.

Line of play: establish winners in spades or diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 6, 3, J, Q

Trick 2 S: 2, 4, 10, 7

Trick 3 N: 3, 5, 9, K

Trick 4 W: 8, A, 6, 3

Trick 5 N: 4, 2, A, 6

Trick 6 S: K, 5, 3, 8

Trick 7 S: J, 6, Q, 9

Trick 8 N: Q, 7, J, 7

Declarer cashes one more diamond and two clubs for his contract: one spade, one heart, three diamonds and four clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: the diamond king, the spade king and two hearts.

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