HAND NO 81: CAPPELLETTI

Dealer: West
Vul: None

North

K J 10 8 4
A Q 9 5 2
Q 5
7

 

West

East

 

Q 6 3 2
J 4
K J 3
A K 10

A 9 7
10 7
10 8 7 4
Q 9 6 5 2

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
3(3)

1NT(1)
Pass

2(2)
Pass(4)

Pass
Pass

(1) Balanced hand, 15-17 HCP

(2) Conventional bid, five cards in spades and five cards in hearts, 12+ HCP

(3) 3+ , 10-12 TP, invitational

(4) Minimum hand, 13-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 3 South

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

PLAN

Five possible losers: one spade, one or two diamonds and a club.

Line of play: establish the spade suit in dummy to eliminate declarer's losers.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 7, 6, 3

Trick 2 W: A, 2, 2, 4

Trick 3 N: A, 7, 3, 4

Trick 4 N: 5, 10, K, J

Trick 5 S: 5, 2, K, A

Trick 6 E: Q, 8, 10, 9

Trick 7 N: J, 7, 2, Q

West must return a diamond or a spade, giving declarer the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: ace-queen of spades and a club.

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