HAND NO 73: TWO OVER ONE GAME FORCE

Dealer: North
Vul: None

North

A 9 5 4 2
A 2
A Q 5 4
9 4

 

West

East

 

10 8 7
K 10 7 3
K 8 2
A 7 6

K Q J 6
Q 8 6 5
J 10 9
J 3

 

South

 

3
J 9 4
7 6 3
K Q 10 8 5 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1NT(2)
3(4)

 
Pass
Pass

1(1)
2(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) Conventional response, unspecified distribution, 6-12 TP, forcing for one round

(3) 3+ (better minor), minimum opening hand, 13-15 HCP

(4) 6+ , without a support for spades or for diamonds, closing

CONTRACT: 3 South

OPENING LEAD: 3 (4th best under an honor)

PLAN

Five possible losers: one heart, two diamonds and two clubs.

Line of play: ruff the heart loser and take finesses in clubs and diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 3, A, 8, 4

Trick 2 N: 2, 5, J, K

Trick 3 W: A, 4, 3, 2

Trick 4 W: 7, 9, J, Q

Trick 5 S: Q, 6, 2, 6

Trick 6 S: 3, 2, Q, 9

Trick 7 N: A, 10, 6, 8

Declarer now has his nine winners: one spade, one heart, two diamonds and five clubs.

Remark: following a standard one-notrump response, South would have been declarer in 1NT.

On a natural heart lead by West and against best defense (West must duck the first club lead), South will end up one trick short of his cvontract, with one spade, one heart, three diamonds and one club.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: two hearts, a diamond and a club.


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