HAND NO 39: ONE NOTRUMP OPENING

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

K
10 9 7 3
J 10 5 4 3
A K 8

10 9 5 3
5 4
9 8
Q 7 6 5 2

 

South

 

Q J 7 6 4
K Q 6 2
Q 7
J 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
2(3)
4(5)

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
3(4)
Pass(6)

Pass
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) 5+ , 10+ HCP, forcing to game in notrump or in spades

(5) 3+ , 15-17 HCP, limiting

(6) Limited responding hand, 10-15 TP

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Three or more possible losers: two clubs and one or two trumps.

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

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 4, 7, 3

Trick 2 W: A, 9, 2, J

Trick 3 W: 8, 10, Q, 4

Declarer must hurry to pull trumps to avoid a possible club ruff by West. The best play with the A Q J combination is to concede the spade king by playing low toward the ace and then low toward the queen..

Trick 4 S: 4, K, A, 3

Trick 5 N: 2, 9, J, 3

Trick 6 S: Q, 3, 8, 5

Declarer will concede the last trump and cash ten tricks: four spades, four hearts adn two diamonds.

Remark: a notrump game declared by North will be set one trick on a natural club lead by East, the defense cashing the first five tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: one spade and two clubs.

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