HAND NO 52: OVERCALL

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

5 2
K 7 6 3
A 9 3
9 8 6 4

 

West

East

 

K Q J 8 7 6
9 8
8 5
A 5 2

A 9 4
Q 5
J 10 6 2
Q J 10 7

 

South

 

10 3
A J 10 4 2
K Q 7 4
K 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
3(5)

1(2)
Pass

2(3)
Pass

2(4)
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5+ , 8-15 HCP

(3) 3+ , 6-9 TP

(4) 3+ , 7-10 TP

(5) 5+ , 13-18 TP

CONTRACT: 3 South

OPENING LEAD: K (from A-K or K-Q)

PLAN

Five possible losers: two spades, one heart and two clubs.

Line of play: find the club king or the heart queen with East, or the trump suit breaking 2-2.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 2, 9, 3

Trick 2 W: Q, 5, 4, 10

Trick 3 W: 8, 3, 10, Q

Trick 4 S: J, 8, K, 5

Trick 5 N: 3, Q, A, 9

Trick 6 N: 4, 10, K, A

The defense can cash one more club but will have to concede declarer the rest of the tricks.

Remark: an aggressive three-spade bid would have been better for East-West, the partnership ending up with only four losers, two hearts and two diamonds.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: two spades and two clubs.

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