Here’s a nice 5 from Hoek last week. The defence wasn’t really paying attention, they gave the contract away actually, but Hoek’s plan was thoughtful and solid.
1. Asking for a stopper
I like the 3 bid. I agree it’s on the light side, but you’ve got a suit playable opposite a singleton and offensive values, no wasted Queens and Jacks. West starts with the King. Now how to get to eleven tricks?
Let’s count first. You can see ten tricks, six , two Major suit Aces, the King and a ruff. It looks like the eleventh trick has to come from a throw in. Start by eliminating side suits. Draw two rounds of trumps (ending in dummy), ruff a and play a towards the King. West rises (doesn’t make a difference) and continues with a for dummy. Now ruff the last and ruff your loser in dummy. This is what’s remaining.
Now play a from dummy to your Ten. West has to return a now or give away a ruff and sluff. Analyze! West has shown enough for a takeout double with King-Queen of , a honour and the Ace, so play for split honours and finesse against the 9. Everything cool and you can write +600.