HAND NO 68: TAKEOUT DOUBLE

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

7 2
A Q 10 7 5 3
9
K Q 8 4

K 8
K 9 4 2
8 7 5 3
7 3 2

 

South

 

Q J 10 6 4
J 6
A K J 10
9 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, for takeout

(3) 4+ , 6-9 TP

(4) 5+ , 10-12 TP, limits the value of the hand, may be preemptive

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: 9 (singleton)

PLAN

Three possible losers: one spade, one heart and one club.

Line of play: avoid diamond ruff by the opponents.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 9, 2, 3, 10

Trick 2 S: 4, 2, A, 8

Trick 3 N: 3, K, 6, 7

Trick 4 S:

Trick 5 S:

Trick 6 S:

Trick 7 S:

Declarer will lose two more tricks: one heart and one club.

Remark: if declarer attempts for an extra winner by taking the spade finesse at trick two, he will end up with four losers, East giving his partner a diamond ruff when winning his spade king.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: the trump king, a heart and a club.

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