HAND NO 7: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

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

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

 

South

 

A K J 8
K Q 10 9 5
J 8 7
A

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
4(3)

Pass
Pass

2(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 3+ , 6-9 TP, limiting

(3) Jump in game, 19-21 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: 4 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Four possible losers: one club and three diamonds.

Line of play: establish the trump suit; discard a loser in dummy on declarer's fourth spade.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 4, 6, K, A

Trick 2 S: 5, 2, J, 3

Trick 3 N: 6, 4, Q, A

West hesitates to cash his club queen. Declarer could ruff, pull trumps and discard a losing diamond on his good spades.

West realizes there is no rush in cashing his club queen because dummy does not have a long suit which would allow declarer to discard a losing club if he holds one.

He rather chooses to return the diamond nine, showing a doubleton and expecting a ruff if partner has ace-queen. If declarer holds only two diamonds, then he should also have a doubleton in clubs and the queen will always cash later on.

Trick 4 W: 9, 3, Q, 7

Trick 5 E: A, 8, 2, 10

Trick 6 E: 4, J, 2, K

Declarer is limited to nine tricks, four spades, four trumps and one club.

RESULT

The contract is set one trick.

The defense takes four tricks: two trumps (a ruff) and two diamonds.

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