HAND NO 38: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 10 9 8
A J 3 2
9 7 6
K 6

 

West

East

 

4 2
7 6 5 4
A 10 8 3
A 5 4

J 7 6 5
10 9
K 2
J 8 7 3 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
2(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
3NT(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

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

(3) Negative response, no four-card major, 15-17 HCP, forcing for one round

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

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 3 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Seven sure winners: three spades and four hearts.

Line of play: establish winners in diamonds and clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 3, 6, K, 4

Trick 2 E: 2, J, A, 7

Trick 3 W: 10, 9, 2, Q

Declarer must now establish his nineth winner in clubs.

Trick 4 S: 9, A, 6, 3

West wins his ace, cashes the diamond eight and must concede the rest of the tricks to declarer.

Declarer cashes nine tricks, three spades, four hearts, one diamond and one club.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: three diamonds and one club.

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