HAND NO 4: MINOR OPENING

Dealer: East
Vul: None

North

K Q 8
J 10
A K 10 9 8
J 9 7

 

West

East

 

10 9 7
Q 3
Q J 6
K Q 4 3 2

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

 

South

 

J 2
A K 9 8 4 2
7 4 3
A 5

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(2)
3(4)
Pass

 
Pass
Pass
Pass

1(1)
1NT(3)
4(5)
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

(1) Better minor, 3+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ , 6+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 3- , 13-15 HCP, limiting

(4) Jump rebid, 5/6+ , 10-12 HCP invitational in notrump or in hearts

(5) Two cards in hearts, 14-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Four possible losers: one spade, one heart, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: establish a club trick in dummy (given the favorable lead) and take the finesse in trumps.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 7, 6, A

Trick 2 S: 5, Q, 9, 8

Trick 3 W: 2, J, 10, 3

Trick 4 N: J, 5, 2, Q

Declarer can win any return from West, pull the remaining trumps and concede the spade ace.

An alternative play for declarer would have been to lead his spade jack at trick two, aiming to establish the king in dummy for a diamond discard.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: the heart queen, the spade ace and the club queen.

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