HAND NO 84: UNUSUAL NOTRUMP

Dealer: East
Vul: None

North

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

 

West

East

 

9 5 4 3
A 10 5 3
4 3
7 6 3

A K Q J 7 2
K
A 8 6 5
8 4

 

South

 

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

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
2NT(2)
Pass

 
4(3)
Pass

 
5(4)
Pass

1(1)
Double(5)
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) Conventional bid, five cards in diamonds and five cards in clubs, 10-15 HCP, forcing for one round

(3) 4+ , preemptive, 0-8 HCP

(4) 3+ , unspecified hand, usually preemptive

(5) Penalty double

CONTRACT: 5 doubled South

OPENING LEAD: 3 (4th best in partner's suit)

PLAN

Four possible losers: one spade, two hearts and one diamond.

Line of play: pull trumps and establish the diamond suit.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: 3, 6, J, 10

Trick 2 E: K, 2, 5, 4

Trick 3 E: Q, 2, 4, 8

Trick 4 S: 2, 3, K, 4

Trick 5 N: J, 8, 5, 6

Trick 6 N: 10, 2, A, 7

Declarer will lose two more tricks to the heart ace and the diamond ace. A good score, given that East-West can make a spade game, losing only a diamond and two clubs

RESULT

The contract is set two tricks.

The defense takes four tricks: diamond ace, club ace and ace-king of hearts.

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