HAND NO 55: OVERCALL

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

8 7 3
K Q J 9 4 3
A J
9 2


A 8 6 5
10 6 5 4 3
K J 10 7

 

South

 

A Q J 10 9 5
10
K Q 8
Q 6 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
4(5)

2(2)
Pass

2(3)
Pass

4(4)
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5+ , 10-15 HCP

(3) Three cards in spades, 6-9 TP

(4) 4+ , 15+ TP, offensive hand

(5) 5+ , 16-21 TP, offensive hand

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

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

Line of play: find the diamond ace and the club king with east.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 2, 8, 10

Trick 2 W: Q, 7, 5, 5

Trick 3 S: 9, 3, 3, 5

Trick 4 N: 2, 4, A, 7

Trick 5 S: Q, 8, 4, 10

Trick 6 S: 4, 9, A, 7

Trick 7 N: 3, K, 6, 2

Trick 8 E: 4, Q, A, 2

Trick 9 W: J, 7, 5, K

Declarer still has to lose one more diamond.

Remark: despite a one-trick set, the North-South pair ends up with a good score because East-West can easily win ten tricks in a heart game, losing only one diamond and two clubs.

RESULT

The contract is set one trick.

The defense takes four tricks: one heart, two diamonds and one club.

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