HAND NO 80: FLANNERY

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

J 10 5 2
A 6
Q J 5
J 10 7 4

 

West

East

 

K 8
8 4 3
A 10 8 7
K 9 8 2

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

 

South

 

A Q 9 7
K Q 7 5 2
9 3
A 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

2(1)
3(3)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2NT(2)
4(4)
 

Pass
Pass
 

(1) Conventional bid, four cards in spades and five cards in hearts, 11-15 HCP

(2) Conventional response, unspecified distribution, 13+ HCP, requests partner to describe his hand

(3) 4-5-2-2 distribution, 13-15 HCP

(4) Closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: A (denying the king)

PLAN

Four possible losers: one spade two diamonds and one club.

Line of play: establish the diamond queen in dummy to discard the losing club.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: A, 5, 6, 3

Trick 2 W: 2, 4, Q, A

Following the club shift by West, declarer cannot avoid four losers: one spade, two diamonds and le club king.

Remark: if West continues with a diamond at trick two, he will establish dummy's queen for a club discard in South and declarer will make his contract.

RESULT

The contract is set one trick.

The defense takes four tricks: one spade, two diamonds and the club king.

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