HAND NO 65: TAKEOUT DOUBLE

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

4 2
A 6 5 3
A 9 7
K Q 10 5

 

West

East

 

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

Q 7 6
8 7 2
5 4 3
A 8 7 3

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
3(3)

1(1)
Pass

Double(2)
Pass

2(3)
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) Three cards or more support for the unbid suits with at least four cards in hearts, 13+ HCP, for takeout

(3) 3+ , 6-9 TP

(4) 4+ , 5-9 TP

CONTRACT: 3 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

Five possible losers: two spades, one heart, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: establish a fourth club for a discard.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, 7, 3, K

Trick 2 S: Q, 4, 3, 2

Trick 3 S: J, K, A, 7

Trick 4 N: 5, 8, 9, 9

Trick 5 S: 2, 6, 10, A

Trick 6 E: Q, 3, 5, 2

Trick 7 E: 7, 8, 10, 4

Trick 8 W: A, 6, 6, K

Trick 9 W: K, 3, 4, K

Trick 10 W: Q, 7, 9, J

The bad break in clubs forces declarer to lose a diamond trick at the end.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: two spades, one diamond and one club.

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