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North started with 1NT, East overcalled 2♦ – Cappelleti – 11 HCP, 4+ spades and 4+ hearts. South passed. West responded 2♠. North, who held four spades, passed. East passed too. South came to life and bid 3♦.
After a bit of thinking – as East/West had found a fit, an 8-card suit of spades, West doubled.
West led the ♥4. How can South win 9 tricks?
Contract: 3♦ Dbl by South.
The declarer has an 8-card suit of diamonds, but judged by the double, the diamonds are probably split 4-1 (or worse) and there is little doubt that West holds the missing honors: the ♦KQ.
The declarer has also a loser in hearts and clubs. So the best plan is to try to limit the losers to a heart, club and two diamonds.
East played the ♥10 and won the trick as South ducked (trick 1). East led the ♥K to declarer`s Ace (trick 2). As dummy was now void of hearts, South led a heart. West ruffed with the ♦Q, South overruffed with dummy`s Ace (trick 3).
South led a spade from dummy and ruffed (trick 4), led a small club to dummy´s Ace (trick 5), led a spade from dummy and ruffed (trick 6). The declarer led the last heart, West discarded a spade and South ruffed with dummy`s last diamond (trick 7).
The declarer needed three more tricks. Dummy`s ♣K was good and the declarer held four diamonds in hand, but the ♦K and ♦10 were lurking somewhere. South led the ♣K, then the ♠Q from dummy and ruffed (tricks 8, 9).
Then the declarer led the ♦J, West rose with the ♦K and East`s ♦10 dropped (trick 10). West won the next trick with the ♣J (trick 11) and led a small diamond. As South had higher trumps the last two tricks belonged to the declarer (tricks 12, 13).
South managed to restrict losers to only three tricks. It was a good decision to duck the first hearts trick – that way the declarer retained control. The other successful move was to lead the ♦J – if the declarer had led a small diamond, West would have probably ducked and East won the trick with the singleton ♦10.
North`s 1NT was bid with a light hand, but it secured the contract for North /South. No one becomes a winner in the long run without competing for part-score contracts. If North had opened with 1♣ for instance, South would have been more reluctant to show the diamonds holding only 5 HCP and it would have been probable that East /West end up playing 2♠, which might just have been made.
In this case North/South would have scored a trick with the ♦A, ♣ AK, ♥A, ♠Q and depending on how the hand was played, North might have scored a sixth trick by ruffing a heart lead.
Par Contract Analysis
The par contract on this deal is 3♦ by North/South.
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