HAND NO 56: OVERCALL

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

J 9
A K 6 3
A Q 8 5 2
5 2

 

West

East

 

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

K 8 2
5 4
J 10 7 3
Q 9 6 3

 

South

 

Q 7 5
Q 10 9 8 2
9 6
K 10 8

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(2)
Pass
Pass

 
1(3)
Pass
Pass

1(1)
2(5)
3(6)
 

Pass
2(5)
Pass
 

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 5+ , 8-15 HCP

(4) 4+ , 13-15 TP

(5) 3+ , 7-10 TP

(6) 4+ , 13-15 TP, offensive hand

CONTRACT: 3 South

OPENING LEAD: A (denying the king)

PLAN

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

Line of play: find the diamond king with West or establish the spade queen to discard a club loser.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: A, 9, 8, 5

Trick 2 W: 4, J, K, 7

Trick 3 E: 3, 8, J, 2

Trick 4 W: A, 5, 5, 10

Declarer can now win any return, pull the opponents's trumps and take the diamond finesse to make his contract.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

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

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