HAND NO 51: OVERCALL

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

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

A K 10 6 2
A 10
K 6 5
J 8 5

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2(2)
4(4)

Pass
Pass
Pass

Pass
3(3)
Pass

1(1)
Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5+ , 10-15 HCP

(3) 3+ , 10-12 TP, invitational

(4) 13-15 TP

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

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

Line of play: establish the club suit or take the finesse in diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 4, 3, K, 9

Trick 2 E: 6, 4, 5, 8

Trick 3 S: K, 2, 6, A

Trick 4 E: K, 5, 7, J

Trick 5 S: Q, 3, 8, 10

Declarer can now test the club suit.

If the clubs split favorably, declarer can win the diamond shift with his ace, return to dummy in hearts and discard his losing diamonds on the two good clubs.

If the clubs split 4-2 or worse, declarer can still finesse when East will shift to a diamond.

Trick 6 S: 2, 6, K, 5

Trick 7 N: A, 8, 7, Q

Trick 8 N: 3, J, 9, 2

Trick 9 E: 5, A, 4, 9

Trick 10 S: 7, 7, 9, 2

Trick 11 N: 10, 6, J, 8

Trick 12 N: 4, K, 3, 10

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: one spade, the trump ace and a club.

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