HAND NO 9: MAJOR OPENING

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A 7
J 10 4 3
K 7 4 2
Q J 8

 

West

East

 

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

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

 

South

 

Q 9 4 3
A Q 9 6 2
A 9 5
K

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1(1)
4(3)

Pass
Pass

3(2)
Pass

Pass
 

(1) 5+ , 13-21 HCP

(2) 4+ , 10-12 TP, limiting

(3) Intermediate opening hand, 16-18 TP, closing

CONTRACT: 4 South

OPENING LEAD: Q (top of a sequence)

PLAN

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

Line of play: discard the diamond loser on dummy's established clubs.

PLAY

Trick 1 W: Q, K, 8, 5

If declarer takes the trump finesse at trick 2, West will win his king and return the diamond jack. The defense will now have a winner in each suit.

Trick 2 N: 8, 3, K, A

Trick 3 W: J, 4, 6, A

Trick 4 S: 3, 5, A, 2

South can now discard his losing diamond on the established club queen in dummy.

Trick 5 N: Q, 5, 4, 9

The trump finesse can now be taken safely.

RESULT

Declarer makes his contract.

The defense takes three tricks: one spade, one heart and one club.

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