HAND NO 77: SPLINTER

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

9 8 6 2

A Q J 2
J 6 5 4 2

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

 

South

 

A J 3
A Q 9 7 3
10 9 7
K 7

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
4(3)
6(5)

Pass
Pass
Pass

4(2)
5(4)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) Conventional bid, singleton in diamonds, four-card or more support for partner's major, 13+ HCP, forcing to game, inviting to slam

(3) First-round control for spades

(4) First-round control for clubs

(5) Closing

CONTRACT: 6 South

OPENING LEAD: A (denying the king)

PLAN

Two possible losers: one diamond and one spade.

Line of play: ruff diamonds in dummy or establish the club suit.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: A, 6, 8, 7

Trick 2 W: 2, 6, 3, 9

Trick 3 N: K, 2, 3, 2

Trick 4 N: 3, Q, K, 4

Trick 5 S: 10, J, 8, 4

Trick 6 N: J, 4, 7, 2

Trick 7 N: 5, 4, J, 6

Declarer can now pull East's last trumps and claim the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes the diamond ace.

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