HAND NO 83: NEGATIVE DOUBLE

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K J 7 6
Q 7
10 8 5
A 9 5 4

 

West

East

 

5 4
A J 10 9 8
A K 6 4
J 10

Q 8 2
5 3 2
J 9 7 3
8 7 3

 

South

 

A 10 9 3
K 6 4
Q 2
K Q 6 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
1(4)
4(7)

1(2)
2(5)
Pass

Double(3)
3(6)
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

(1) 3+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 5+ , 8-15 HCP

(3) Conventional bid, 4+ , 3+ , 6+ HCP, forcing for one round

(4) Four cards in spades, 13-15 TP, limits the value of the hand

(5) 4+ , 10-15 HCP

(6) 10-12 TP, invitational

(7) 14-15 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

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

PLAN

Four possible losers: one spade, one heart and two diamonds.

Line of play: take the finesse in spades.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: K, 5, 7, 2

Trick 2 W: A, 8, 3, Q

Trick 3 W: 6, 10, J, 3

Trick 4 S: 9, 4, K, 2

Trick 5 N: J, 8, 10, 5

Trick 6 N: 6, Q, A, 8

Trick 7 S: K, 10, 4, 3

Trick 8 S: Q, J, 5, 7

With the clubs breaking 2-3, declarer can concede the heart ace and take the rest of the tricks.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: one heart and two diamonds.

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