HAND NO 36: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

5 3
J 9 7 2
K Q 9
K 9 3 2

 

West

East

 

A 3
Q J 10 9 4
10 8 6 5
6 5

K 7 2
K 6 4
4 3 2
J 10 7 4

 

South

 

A 8 6
Q 10 8 5
A J 7
A Q 8

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
2(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
4(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Stayman convention, four-card major, 8+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 4+ , 15-17 HCP, forcing for one round

(4) Jump in game, 10-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Three possible losers: one spade and two trumps.

Line of play: concede the trump losers As soon As possible.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 3, 2, A

Trick 2 S: 5,3,2,K

Trick 3 E: K, 6, 4, 5

Trick 4 E: 7, 8, 9, 7

Trick 5 N: 9,4,8,A

South can now win any return by West, pull the opponents' last trump and claim the rest of the tricks.

Declarer cashes ten tricks, one spade, three hearts including a ruff, two diamonds and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks: one spade and ace-king of hearts.

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