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With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it?



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Bidding

All Pass. With 21 HCP open 2NT. partner Staymans with 3C asking you to bid your 4 card majors if you have any. You reply 2D saying no 4 card majors, partner with 6 HCP signs off in 3NT

Acol Bidding

All Pass. With 21 HCP open 2NT. partner Staymans with 3C asking you to bid your 4 card majors if you have any. You reply 2D saying no 4 card majors, partner with 6 HCP signs off in 3NT

Plan Before You Play

Dummy goes down, count your winners. Spades: 2, Hearts:2, Diamonds:1, Clubs:1. You need to develop 6 more winners to make your contract. Hoping west has the KD, finesse him twice, and hoping east has the KC finesse him once. This gives you 5 extra winners in Diamonds and 3 in the club suit. your diamonds are stronger so start with them.

The Play

A spade lead. Win in hand and lead out the JD, ducking if west doesn't cover you. Lead out the QD and run the rest of the diamonds, Discard the TH and low clubs from your hand. Lead the 4C and finesse the QC, enter your hand with the hearts and the rest of the tricks are yours.

Comment

With 27 HCP this hand can make 7NT. Do you dare bid it? And will the opposition play differently if you are in 7NT. Some partnerships will be able to bid it because they have advanced slam bidding systems.

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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