HAND NO 40: OUVERTURE DEUX NTNS ATOUT

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 6 3
Q 6 4 2
Q 7 2
A 4 3

 

West

East

 

K 10 8
5 3
J 10 9 6 4
10 8 7

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

 

South

 

A J 5 4
A K 7
A 3
K Q 5 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2NT(1)
3(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

3(2)
3NT(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 20-21 HCP

(2) Stayman convention, four-card major, 8+ HCP, forcing to game

(3) 4+ , 20-21 HCP, forcing to game

(4) Four cards in hearts without a support of four cards in spades, 5-11 HCP, closing

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: J (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Eight sure winners: one spade, three hearts, one diamond and three clubs.

Line of play: find clubs or hearts dividing 3-3.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: J, Q, K, A

South decides to test the hearts and the clubs for a 3-3 split.

Trick 2 S: A, 5, 2, 8

Trick 3 S: K, 3, 4, 9

Trick 4 S: 7, 4, Q, 10 No luck with the hearts!

Trick 5 N: A, 6, 2, 7

Trick 6 N: A, 3, Q, 8

Trick 7 S: K, 10, 4, J

South can now count nine winners: one spade, three hearts, one diamond and four clubs.

Remark: if declarer takes the spade finesse instead of hoping for a favorable break in hearts or clubs, the contract will go down one or more tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: the spade king plus three tricks in the majors.

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