HAND NO 66: TAKEOUT DOUBLE

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

K Q 9 5 3
K 5 2
A 7 6
A J

 

West

East

 


A J 8 7 4
K 4 3
K Q 10 9 8

6 4
10 9
J 10 9 5 2
7 4 3 2

 

South

 

A J 10 8 7 2
Q 6 3
Q 8
6 5

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
4(3)

1(1)
Pass

Double(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 5+ , 10-12 TP, limits the value of the hand, may be preemptive

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Four possible losers: two hearts, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: eliminate a diamond or a heart loser.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, A, 2, 5

Trick 2 N: K, 4, 2, 8

Trick 3 N: Q, 6, 7, 9

Trick 4 N: J, 3, 6, Q

Any return by West will give declarer an extra trick: a club will allow a diamond discard in South, while a diamond or a heart return will be ran to South's queens.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

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

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