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Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response



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Bidding

Eastopens the bidding 1H, you make a takeout double "X" saying to your partner "Partner I've got an opening hand and a shortage in the bid suit, I promise three card support in the other three suits." Partner bids 2C, you raise to 3C saying you have a fit and enquiring if partner has the values and cover in hearts then bid 3NT. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Eastopens the bidding 1H, you make a takeout double "X" saying to your partner "Partner I've got an opening hand and a shortage in the bid suit, I promise three card support in the other three suits." Partner bids 2C, you raise to 3C saying you have a fit and enquiring if partner has the values and cover in hearts then bid 3NT. All Pass

Plan Before You Play

After East makes the opening lead of the King of heats (KH) your hand goes down on the table as Dummy. This happens because your partner not you - was the first to mention the clubs. Your partner's hand is now Declarer. In 2C (a two club contract) you need to win at least 8 tricks to make your contract. count your losers, Spades:0, Hearts:1, Diamonds:1, Clubs:1. You should make this contract.

The Play

Win the opening lead of Heart suit as you don't want to give West the chance to ruff your Ace of hearts the if hearts are lead a second time. Cross to Declarer's hand with the AS (Ace of Spades) and lead a low club towards your JC (won by KC in West's hand). Lose the net heart and diamond tricks. Draw trumps and the rest of the tricks are yours.

Comment

You can make 10 tricks in this contract for 130 points

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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