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This hand is from last years final in the Norwegian Club Teams Championships. Eight teams participated in the final, playing a complete round robin. Try to see if you can copy Tom Johansen's neat declarer play.

North
3
974
Q84
K98642
South
KQ62
532
AK3
J107
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
3
P
P
P

How do you plan the play on the 5 lead. The lead is 3rd from four/lowest from odd.

Watch Johansen's play on next page.

From the bidding and opening lead, Johansen had a pretty good idea of the layout. Although there seems to be at least five losers, he managed to make the contract as follows:

Bjerkan
AJ87
AQ10
975
AQ5
Aaseng
3
974
Q84
K98642
Jensen
10954
KJ86
J1062
3
Johansen
KQ62
532
AK3
J107
W
N
E
S
1
1NT
3
P
P
P
D
1
3 South
NS: 0 EW: 0
5
Q
6
3
1
1
0
3
5
6
7
0
1
1
9
4
2
A
3
2
1
7
5
2
3
3
3
1
K
A
4
4
1
4
1
8
10
K
7
3
5
1
Q
8
4
9
3
6
1
10
8

Winning the lead in dummy with the queen, dummys spade three was led towards the hand. East gave count, and Johansen inserted the six, won by Bjerkan's seven. Bjerkan, 1980 European Junior Teams Champion, continued with the 9, running to Johansen's ace. The 7 followed. Bjerkan, was led astray by these maneuvers, and thinking that declarer held Kxxx and the K, followed with the 5, dummy with the duce and Jensen with the trey.

At this point, Johansen led the K from hand with a twinkle in his eye, ruffed Bjerkan'c ace, returned to hand with a diamond to the king and dicarded one of dummy's hear losers on the Q.

The 10 from hand picked up the trum suit for one loser, and the contract was made.

The hand won the price for the best played hand in Norway in 2018.

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