HAND NO 37: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q J 6 5
A 8
A 10 5
7 5 4 2

 

West

East

 

10 3
J 10 9 6
8 6 3
K Q 10 8

9 7 2
Q 4 3 2
J 7 4 2
A 6

 

South

 

A K 8 4
K 7 5
K Q 9
J 9 3

 

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 or more major, 8+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 4+ , forcing for one round

(4) 4+ , 10-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: K (from A-K or K-Q)

PLAN

Three possible club losers.

Line of play: routine play; pull trumps and cash winners.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 2, A, 3

Trick 2 E: 3, 9, 10, 4

Trick 3 W: Q, 5, 2, J

South wins any return (clubs is best), pulls trumps in three rounds and cashes his winners: three master trumps, two hearts and a heart ruff, three diamonds and one club ruffed in his hand.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: ace-king-queen of clubs.

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