HAND NO 71: LEBENSOHL OVER INT

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 9 4
A Q 2
7 6 3
Q 9 7 2

 

West

East

 

10 3
K J 8 7 4 3
A 8
6 5 3

8 7 5 2
10 6
K 5 4 2
K 9 4

 

South

 

A K J 6
9 5
Q J 10 9
A J 10

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT(1)
3(4)
Pass

2(2)
Pass
Pass

2NT(3)
3NT(5)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) 5+

(3) Conventional response, relay to three clubs, unspecified hand

(4) Conventional response

(5) Balanced hand, 10-14 HCP, at least one stopper for hearts, forcing to game

CONTRACT: 3NT South

OPENING LEAD: 7 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Six sure winners: four spades, one heart and one club.

Line of play: establish winners in clubs or diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 7, Q, 10, 5

Trick 2 N: 2, 4, 10, 3

Trick 3 S: 6, 3, Q, 2

Trick 4 N: 2, 9, J, 5

Trick 5 S: A, 6, 9, K

Trick 6 S: 5, 3, A, 6

Trick 7 N: Q, 5, 9, 4

Trick 8 N: 4, 5, J, 10

Declarer cashes two more top spades and concedes the last three tricks to the defense.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract plus one overtrick.

The defense takes three tricks: ace-king of diamonds and a heart.

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