HAND NO 69: TAKEOUT DOUBLE

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

A K 9 4
K 6 4 3
7 5
A 8 2

 

West

East

 

Q 7 2
9 2
A J 9 6 2
K Q 10

J 6 5
Q 8 5
K 8 4 3
9 5 3

 

South

 

10 8 3
A J 10 7
Q 10
J 7 6 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2(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) 4+ , 7-10 TP

CONTRACT: 2 South

OPENING LEAD: A (denying the king)

PLAN

Six possible losers: one spade, one heart, two diamonds and two clubs.

Line of play: play the spades or the clubs for a 3-3 break and find the heart queen.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: A, 5, 8, 10

Trick 2 W: 6, 7, K, Q

Trick 3 E: 5, 4, 10, A

Trick 4 N: K, 5, 7, 2

Trick 5 N: 3, 8, 10, 9

Trick 6 S: A, 2, 4, Q

Declarer will end up with eight tricks: two spades, four master trumps, a spade ruff and one club.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes five tricks: two diamonds, two clubs and one spade.

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