Theory To PracticeBy Andy Hung
The bidding on this deal contains a theme that we have covered before, so here's a chance to remind yourself.
Once the bidding is over you have to focus on the play.
Here, you will need to take care or otherwise your good bidding will be wasted.
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We open 1NT after East has Passed as dealer and partner responds with a jump to 3♠. This shows exactly five Spades and a game-going hand (10 points or more). Our duty is to tell partner whether there is a Spade fit or not. With three (or more) card support for partner, we would oblige by raising to 4♠.
With a doubleton Spade, as here, we instead choose 3NT as we have no fit in Spades. Play.
West leads the ♥Q against 3NT and we already face our first problem. Do we win it in dummy, or do we win it in the closed hand? Answering that question is a little more complicated than that as it really depends on the rest of the hand. By counting our top tricks, we see two Hearts, two Diamonds, and one Club for a total of five top tricks. We need to set up four additional tricks and a glance at dummy makes it fairly obvious that the source of those "extras" is Spades. To enjoy four Spade tricks we have to force out the ♠A and that needs doing straight away. That should then direct us back to the original question, whether to win the opening lead in dummy or in the closed hand. Since we do not hold the ♠A, we may be locked out of dummy were we to win the first trick with the ♥K. How? Well, as we play on Spades, the opponents may withhold the ♠A on the first and even second round of Spades. As a result we should win the opening Heart lead in the South hand. That's not quite all. The right way to tackle this Spade suit is by playing the honor(s) from the short side first. In this case, we should remember to lead out the ♠10 on the first round of Spades. East can take his ♠A at any point that he wishes, but with the ♥K providing secure access to the table, we have little difficulty in collecting four Spades, two Hearts, two Diamonds and a Club for a total of nine sweet tricks.
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