HAND NO 79: OGUST

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A J 9 7
J 10
A J 10
Q 10 4 3

 

West

East

 

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

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

 

South

 

Q 8
K Q 9 6 4 3
Q 8 5 3
8

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2(1)
3(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2NT(2)
4(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Preemptive opening, 6+ , 6-12 TP

(2) Artificial bid, Ogust convention, 16-19 HCP, requests information on partner's weak opening hand, forcing for one round

(3) Conventional response, 9-11 HCP, two honors in hearts

(4) Preference for game in hearts

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

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

Line of play: take finesses in hearts and diamonds.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 4, 10, 6, 3

Trick 2 N: J, A, 3, 2

Trick 3 E: 9, 8, A, 3

Trick 4 W: 2, J, 8, 5

Trick 5 E: K, 4, 5, 4

Trick 6 S: K, 5, 10, 2

Trick 7 S: Q, 7, 7, 3

Trick 8 S: 8, 7, A, 4

Trick 9 N: Q, 2, Q, 6

Trick 10 N: 10, J, 6, 7

Trick 11 S: Q, 6, 9, 5

Declarer claims the last two tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: the trump ace, a diamond ruff and the club ace.

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