HAND NO 61: OVERCALL

Dealer: East
Vul: None

North

6 3
7 4 3
10 7 3
A K Q 4 3

 

West

East

 

7 2
9 8 6 5 2
9 6
10 7 5 2

K J 10 8 4
Q J
K Q J 8
J 8

 

South

 

A Q 9 5
A K 10
A 5 4 2
9 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1NT(2)
Pass

 
Pass
Pass

 
3NT(3)
 

1(1)
Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) Balanced hand, 15-18 HCP, one or more stopper for spades

(3) Balanced hand, 10-14 HCP (the long and solid club suit compensates for the missing highcard points)

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 7 (top of a doubleton)

PLAN

Eight sure winners: two spades, two hearts, one diamond and three clubs.

Line of play: play the club suit for four winners.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 7, 3, 10, Q

Trick 2 S: 6, 2, 3, 8

Trick 3 E: K, A, 6, 3

Declarer can now cash his four remaining clubs for a total of ten tricks.

If South does not duck a club at trick two, he will end up a trick short of his contract, with two spades, two hearts, one diamond and three clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks: one club and two diamonds.

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