HAND NO 75: LEBENSOHL AGAINST AN OPPONENT'S WEAK TWO-BID

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

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

K J 8 4
7 2
A
J 8 6 4 3 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2NT(3)
3(5)

2(1)
Pass
Pass

Double(2)
3(4)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) Six cards in hearts, 6-12 TP

(2) Takeout double, three-card or more support for the unbid suits, 13+ HCP, forcing for one round

(3) Conventional response, relay to three clubs, 0-7 HCP, six-card or more unspecified suit, forcing for one round

(4) Conventional bid, forced

(5) Weak hand, six cards or more in diamonds, closing

CONTRACT: 3 South

OPENING LEAD: K (from A-K or K-Q)

PLAN

Four possible losers: one spade, one heart, one diamond and one club.

Line of play: find the spade king with West (unlikely given the auction).

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, A, 7, 5

Trick 2 N: 5, A, 3, 2

Trick 3 E: 2, 8, 9, 4

Trick 4 W: 10, 6, 2, 6

Trick 5 S: K, 4, Q, 3

Trick 6 S: J, 7, 5, 8

Trick 7 S: J, 5, 7, K

The defense will take his fourth trick with the club ace.

Remark: a three-notrump contract cannot succeed against a heart lead and good defense. Even if declarer ducks hearts twice, East will find the club shift when on hand with his diamond ace, allowing West to run his heart winners.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes four tricks: the spade king, one heart, the trump ace and the club club.

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