HAND NO 34: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

A K 6 5
K J 5
Q 6 4
K 5 3

 

West

East

 

10 8
10 6 4 2
K 5 3
A 9 6 4

9 4
A 9 3
8 7 2
J 10 8 7 2

 

South

 

Q J 7 3 2
Q 8 7
A J 10 9
Q

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
3(2)
Pass(4)

 
Pass
Pass

1NT(1)
4(3)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) 5+ , 15+ TP, forcing to game, inviting to slam

(3) Three cards in spades, 15-16 HCP, limited interest for slam

(4) Limited responding hand, 15-16 TP

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: 3 (3th best under an honor)

PLAN

Three possible losers: one heart, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: pull trumps and establish two winners in hearts.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 3, 4, 2, 9

Declarer leads the club two. West has a difficult decision to make. Is dealer trying to steal a trick ? Or is he trying to establish a club winner ? Who holds the heart queen ?

West chooses to play low.

Trick 2 S: 2, 6, K, Q

The steal of a trick should be attempted As soon As possible before the opponents are aware of declarer's strength and distribution.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus an overtrick.

The defense takes two tricks, one heart and one diamond.

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