HAND NO 42: TWO-CLUB STRONG OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

J 8 4 2

Q 9 4 3 2
8 5 4 2

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

 

South

 

9
A K Q 8 7 5
A 5
A Q J 10

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2(1)
3(3)
4NT(5)
6(7)

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

2(2)
3(4)
5(6)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

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

(2) 7-9 HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 5+ , forcing for one round

(4) Support of 3+ , forcing for one round

(5) Blackwood convention, asks for aces

(6) No ace, forcing for one round

(7) Closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: 2 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Two possible losers: one spade and one club.

Line of play: finesse the club queen.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 2, Q, A, 9

Trick 2 E: 6, 10, J, K

Trick 3 N: 2, 3, Q, 2

Trick 4 S: K, 3, 6, 4

Trick 5 S: 5, 4, J, 9

Trick 6 N: 6, 3, 10, 2

Trick 7 S: A, 4, 6, 10

Trick 7 S: 5, 4, K, 8

Trick 7 N: 9, 7, J, 5

South can now cash his club ace for twelve winners: one spade, six hearts, two diamonds and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract. The defense is limited to the spade ace.

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