HAND NO 33: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

Q 7 2
A 8 6
K 6 4
A K 9 3

 

West

East

 

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

A J 5
10 9 7
Q 10 9 3 2
Q 10

 

South

 

K 9 8 6 4 3
4 3
8 5
7 6 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2(2)

 
Pass

1NT(1)
Pass(3)

Pass
Pass

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) 6+ cards in spades, 0-8 TP, closing

(3) Forced bid (South is captain)

CONTRACT: 2 South

OPENING LEAD: K top of a sequence)

PLAN

Four or more possible losers: one or two trumps, one heart, one or two diamonds and one club.

Line of play: establish the trump suit and hope that the opponents will lead diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, A, 7, 3

Trick 2 N: 2, 5, K, 10

Trick 3 S: 3, 2, Q, A

Trick 4 E: 10, 4, J, 6

Trick 5 W: Q, 8, 9, 4

Trick 6 S: 6, 5, 7, J

Trick 7 S: Q, 4, 2, K

Trick 8 N: A, 10, 6, 5

Trick 9 N: 3, 2, 7, 8

Trick 10 W: J, 4, 3, 8

Declarer has no choice to lead a diamond from his hand, hoping for the ace in West.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes five tricks, two trumps, one heart, one diamond and one club.

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