HAND NO 5: MINOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

7 6 2
A 10 4 2
6 4 2
K 10 3

 

West

East

 

9 5 4
Q 8 5
A 10 8 5 3
Q 2

Q J 8 3
J 9 7 3
Q 9
8 5 4

 

South

 

A K 10
K 6
K J 7
A J 9 7 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
2NT(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

1(2)
3NT(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) Balanced hand, 18-19 HCP, stoppers for the unbid suits,invitational

(4) Game, 6-13 HCP

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 5 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Seven sure winners: two spades, two hearts, one diamond and two clubs.

Line of play: play the club suit for extra winners.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 5, 2, Q, K

Trick 2 S: 6, 2, K, 4

Trick 3 N: 10, 5, 7, Q

Any return by West allows declarer to cash his nine winners four clubs, two spades one diamond and teo hearts.

If West risks cashing his diamond ace at trick four, he will establish declarer's jack for an overtrick.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: one club, one diamond and two tricks in the majors.

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