HAND NO 54: OVERCALL

Dealer: East
Vul: None

North

Q 6 4
8 7 6 2
A Q 10
Q J 8

 

West

East

 

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

J 10
A Q J 10 5
K 8 7
K 7 2

 

South

 

A K 9 8 5 3
9
J 4 3
A 10 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(2)
4(4)

 
Pass
Pass

 
3(3)
Pass

1(1)
Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5+ , 8-15 HCP

(3) Three cards in spades, 10-14 TP

(4) 5+ , 13-18 TP

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: 3 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Three possible losers: one heart, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: take finesses in clubs or diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 3, 2, A, 9

Trick 2 E: Q, 3, 4, 6

Declarer pulls trumps and takes the finesses in clubs and diamonds, losing only to the diamond king for eleven tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes two tricks: one heart and the diamond king.

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