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Themed Hands - ACOL

The hands below are random hands of the type you will encounter when playing live and at any bridge club. To assist beginner players these hands have been categorised into the broad categories and grouped under topics. They have various levels of complexity and difficulty.
Unlike the Lesson Practice Hands these games are not graduated and not all contracts which can be bid will make.
Click on the title to play an ACOL Practice Hand.

Suit Games

Game - responder has no support for openers first bid Game - responder has no support for openers first bid Game - responder has no support for openers first bid Game - responder has no support for openers first bid
In Spades or Hearts In Spades or Hearts In Spades or Hearts In Spades or Hearts
Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete
Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks
Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks
A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT
Game - Trying for overtricks Game - Trying for overtricks Game - Trying for overtricks Game - Trying for overtricks
Single raises all the way to game Single raises all the way to game Single raises all the way to game Single raises all the way to game
Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you
How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do
Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop
Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit
Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract
Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening
Which major suit will you choose? Which major suit will you choose? Which major suit will you choose? Which major suit will you choose?
Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace
Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit
Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks
Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid? Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid? Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid? Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid?
Game in a major suit making an overtrick Game in a major suit making an overtrick Game in a major suit making an overtrick Game in a major suit making an overtrick
Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract
With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit
Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way
You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry
Bidding a 2 suited hand Bidding a 2 suited hand Bidding a 2 suited hand Bidding a 2 suited hand
Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points
The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks


Part-Game in a Suit

Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract
In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level! In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level! In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level! In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level!
To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low
Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff
Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries
Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit? Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit? Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit? Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit?
Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff
Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract
Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand
With minimum points should you bid game? With minimum points should you bid game? With minimum points should you bid game? With minimum points should you bid game?
Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens
Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit
Conserve entries into dummy for the best results Conserve entries into dummy for the best results Conserve entries into dummy for the best results Conserve entries into dummy for the best results
How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition
Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial
Squeeze the diamonds for best results Squeeze the diamonds for best results Squeeze the diamonds for best results Squeeze the diamonds for best results
You can make overtricks with good declarer play You can make overtricks with good declarer play You can make overtricks with good declarer play You can make overtricks with good declarer play
Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract
A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count? A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count? A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count? A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count?
No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract
Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished
Don't draw all your trumps at once Don't draw all your trumps at once Don't draw all your trumps at once Don't draw all your trumps at once


No Trump Games

Game in NoTrumps Game in NoTrumps Game in NoTrumps Game in NoTrumps
Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract? Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract? Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract? Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract?
Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state
Game in No Trumps gives the best score Game in No Trumps gives the best score Game in No Trumps gives the best score Game in No Trumps gives the best score
Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game
You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit
Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make
Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT
A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play
Making over tricks with good declarer play Making over tricks with good declarer play Making over tricks with good declarer play Making over tricks with good declarer play
The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you
Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps
3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract? 3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract? 3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract? 3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract?
Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H


Part Game in No Trump

Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract
Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks
You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP
Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit
Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks
Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play? Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play? Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play? Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play?
Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract


Overcalling

Overcalling and Getting to Game Overcalling and Getting to Game Overcalling and Getting to Game Overcalling and Getting to Game
Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability
Finessing twice to make your contract Finessing twice to make your contract Finessing twice to make your contract Finessing twice to make your contract
Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support
Entering the auction with an Overcall Entering the auction with an Overcall Entering the auction with an Overcall Entering the auction with an Overcall
Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game
Overcall or takeout double, which is best? Overcall or takeout double, which is best? Overcall or takeout double, which is best? Overcall or takeout double, which is best?
Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump
Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go? Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go? Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go? Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go?
Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition
Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit
Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points
When a penalty double backfires on the opposition When a penalty double backfires on the opposition When a penalty double backfires on the opposition When a penalty double backfires on the opposition
How high can you bid before you lose How high can you bid before you lose How high can you bid before you lose How high can you bid before you lose
A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall


Takeout Doubles

Think about how to make overtricks Think about how to make overtricks Think about how to make overtricks Think about how to make overtricks
Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks
Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength
Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid
Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds
f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game
Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response


Slams

6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating 6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating 6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating 6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating
After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman
With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points
Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood? Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood? Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood? Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood?
Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off? Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off? Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off? Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off?
A minimal points small slam using Blackwood A minimal points small slam using Blackwood A minimal points small slam using Blackwood A minimal points small slam using Blackwood
Using point count and ace asking to find slam Using point count and ace asking to find slam Using point count and ace asking to find slam Using point count and ace asking to find slam
Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract
Bid and play a grand slam Bid and play a grand slam Bid and play a grand slam Bid and play a grand slam
With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it? With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it? With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it? With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it?
Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam
Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX' Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX' Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX' Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX'
6C,6H and 6NT all make 6C,6H and 6NT all make 6C,6H and 6NT all make 6C,6H and 6NT all make


Playing On Defense

Defensive play making a penalty double Defensive play making a penalty double Defensive play making a penalty double Defensive play making a penalty double
Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts
The secret to a good opening lead! The secret to a good opening lead! The secret to a good opening lead! The secret to a good opening lead!
Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead. Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead. Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead. Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead.
On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity
Take the opposition light with good defensive play Take the opposition light with good defensive play Take the opposition light with good defensive play Take the opposition light with good defensive play
Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden
Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT
Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double
A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions
It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract
If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble
Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents
Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules... Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules... Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules... Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules...
On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake
After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays
Unblocking the club suit gives you victory. Unblocking the club suit gives you victory. Unblocking the club suit gives you victory. Unblocking the club suit gives you victory.
Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light


Strong Opening Bids

To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds
Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support
Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C
Practice making a negative response to 2C opening Practice making a negative response to 2C opening Practice making a negative response to 2C opening Practice making a negative response to 2C opening
Responding to a Stayman bid Responding to a Stayman bid Responding to a Stayman bid Responding to a Stayman bid
Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results
Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening
Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses


Preemptive Bids

Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract
Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit
Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I? Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I? Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I? Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I?
Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid
Find the correct opening bid for this hand Find the correct opening bid for this hand Find the correct opening bid for this hand Find the correct opening bid for this hand
Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit
The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it? The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it? The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it? The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it?



Different Bidding Systems result in different Contracts

If your system is set as Acol you will sometimes find yourself in a different contract to players who use Standard American. These hands are in this section because they are examples of this. Checkout what a Standard American Player ends up in by visiting the hands of the day list for Standard American players here

On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest
Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks
Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid
Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it? Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it? Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it? Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it?
Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall. Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall. Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall. Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall.
1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe 1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe 1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe 1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe
Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American
A tricky hand - how can you get to game A tricky hand - how can you get to game A tricky hand - how can you get to game A tricky hand - how can you get to game
Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points
2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems 2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems 2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems 2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems
You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light
5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points. 5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points. 5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points. 5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points.


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