HAND NO 67: TAKEOUT DOUBLE

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

J 6 4 3
K Q 8 4
9
A Q 10 9

 

West

East

 

10
J 9 7
A Q J 5 4
K J 5 4

9 2
A 3 2
K 7 6 3 2
7 3 2

 

South

 

A K Q 8 7 5
10 6 5
10 8
8 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
4(3)

1(1)
Pass

Double(2)
Pass

2(2)
Pass

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

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

(3) 4+ , 6-9 TP

(4) 6+ , 10-12 TP, limits the value of the hand, may be preemptive

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: A (denying the K)

PLAN

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

Line of play: find the heart ace or the club king with West.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: A, 9, 7, 8

Trick 2 W: Q, 4, 2, 10

Trick 3 N: 3, 2, Q, 10

Trick 4 S: K, 4, 4, 9

Trick 5 S: 5, 7, Q, A

Trick 6 E: 3, 6, 9, K

Trick 7 N: 4, 2, 10, J

Trick 8 W: 4, Q, 2, 6

Declarer wins the rest for ten tricks: six master trumps, a diamond ruff in dummy, one heart and two clubs.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: two hearts and a diamond.

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