HAND NO 41: TWO-CLUB STRONG OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

9 8 7 6
Q 10 7
Q 6
10 7 6 5

 

West

East

 

J 10 5 4
9
A 10 9 4 3
4 3 2

3 2
J 6 5 4 3 2
K 7 2
K J

 

South

 

A K Q
A K 8
J 8 5
A Q 9 8

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2(1)
2NT(3)
3(5)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
3(4)
3NT(6)
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
 

(1) Strong opening hand, 22+ HCP or 8 1/2 offensive tricks, asks for highcard points, forcing for one round

(2) Conventional response (Steps for HCP), 4-6 HCP, forcing for one round

(3) Opening hand limited to 22-24 HCP, invitational

(4) Stayman convention, four-card major, forcing for one round

(5) No four-card major, forcing for one round

(6) Closing

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 10 (top of an inner sequence)

PLAN

Eight sure winners: three spades, three hearts, one diamond and one club.

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

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 10, 6, K, 5

Trick 2 E: 7, 8, 4, Q

With no entry to his hand, West decides to let North win his queen, hoping that East can later return a diamond.

South sees no risk in testing the spade suit for a 3-3 split.

Trick 3 N: 6, 3, Q, 4

Trick 4 S: K, 5, 7, 2

Trick 5 S: A, 10, 8, 2

No luck. South will need club finesse to make his contract. But he should first cash his heart winners forcing West to discard.

Trick 6 S: A, 9, 7, 3

Trick 7 S: K, 2, 10, 4

Trick 8 S: 8, 3, Q, 5

Trick 8 N: 5, J, Q, 4

South now has his nine winners: three spades, three hearts, one diamond and two clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks.

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