HAND NO 76: GAMBLING THREE NOTRUMP

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A J 4 3 2
K Q J 2
J 8
Q J

 

West

East

 

K 10 9 8 7 5
A 4
9 6 3
10 9

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

 

South

 

6
6 5
A K Q 10 7 5 4
A 7 3

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

3NT(1)
6(3)

Pass
Pass

6(2)
Pass

Pass
Pass

(1) Conventional bid, very solid sevent-card or more minor suit, a maximum of one quick trick in the other suits

(2) Support of two cards or more for each minor suit, 14+ HCP, requests partner to pass ot to correct to diamonds

(3) Closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: A (denying the king)

PLAN

Two possible losers: one heart and one club.

Line of play: discard the losing clubs on dummy's good hearts.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: A, 2, 3, 5

Trick 2 W: 4, J, 7, 6

Declarer can now see twelve winners. He pulls trumps, returns to dummy with the spade ace and discards his losing clubs on dummy's good hearts.

Remark: a passive spade lead, forcing the ace in dummy, would have made the play much more difficult for declarer. Against best defense, the contract will be set one trick, declarer lacking a crucial entry to dummy to run his heart winners.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes his heart ace.

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