HAND NO 63: TAKEOUT DOUBLE

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

A K 6 3
K 5 4 2
A J 10
9 3

 

West

East

 

7 5
A 10 7
Q 6 5
A K 7 6 5

8 4 2
J 9 8
K 8 4 3
J 10 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1(3)

1(1)
Pass

Double(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) Three-card or more support for the unbid suits (4-3 or better in the majors), 13+ HCP

(3) 4+ , 0-8 TP

CONTRACT: 1 South

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

PLAN

Six possible losers: two hearts, two diamonds and two clubs.

Line of play: take the finesse twice in diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 3, 2, 4

Trick 2 W: 5, 3, 8, 9

Trick 3 S: 2, 5, 10, K

Trick 4 E: J, 8, 5, 9

Trick 5 E: 10, Q, K, A

Trick 6 N: 6, 4, 10, 7

Trick 7 S: 7, 6, J, 3

Trick 8 N: K, 8, J, 6

Trick 9 N: A, 4, 9, Q

Declarer will lose two more tricks in hearts and will end up with eight winners.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes five tricks: two clubs, the diamond king and two hearts.

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