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A tricky hand - how can you get to game



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Bidding

Partner opens 1C - the opposition overcall 1H and you show 4 spades and a minimum of 6 points by bidding 1S - opposition compete with their heart suit your partner bids X (meaning keep on bidding if you can) - You jump to 3S but partner passes - All Pass

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1NT - the opposition overcall 2H and you force to game with your 12 HCP and 5 spades by bidding 3S - partner bids 4S - All Pass

Plan Before You Play

Dummy goes down in 4S and of course the opposition lead a heart. In a suit count your losers none in spades, 1 in hearts 1 in diamonds and 1 in clubs. It looks like the contract is safe. So the plan is draw trumps and lose your losers without losing control of the suits.

The Play

At trick 1 go up with the AH and lead 10S from the dummy,duck and lead the 9S, lead a low spade to the QS. Draw a 4th round of trumps.Lead a low club cover QC with AC, play a low diamond to KD play a second diamond losing to the AD. East returns KH which you lose but ruff the QH, lead a low club and cover opponents JC , the 10C and QD are now good.

Comment

Makes 11 tricks.

The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand.

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