HAND NO 35: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

8 5
K 9 8 2
A Q 10
A K 7 6

 

West

East

 

Q 3
Q J 10 5
9 6 2
Q 9 8 5

K 9 6
A 6 4
8 7 4
J 10 4 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
4(2)

 
Pass

1NT(1)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) 6+ , 10-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Four possible losers: two spades and two hearts.

Line of play: play the spade suit for only one loser.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 2, 6, 3

Trick 2 W: J, 8, 4, 7

Trick 3 W: 10, 9, A, 2

Trick 4 S: 3, 2, 10, 4

Trick 5 N: 8, 9, 10, Q

Trick 6 W: 5, K, 9, J

Trick 7 S: 5, 6, Q, 7

Trick 8 N: 5, K, A, 5

Declarer takes the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: the spade queen and two hearts.

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