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Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state

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Bidding

Partner opens 1H you respond 1S, partner rebids hearts showing a long suit and minimum points. Your correct bid with your points at this stage is to repeat your spades so 2S is the correct stopping place, showing your 10+ points and a long spade suit and no support for partners hearts.

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1H you respond 1S, partner rebids hearts showing a long suit and minimum points. Your correct bid with your points at this stage is to repeat your spades so 2S is the correct stopping place, showing your 10+ points and a long spade suit and no support for partners hearts.

Plan Before You Play

Dummy goes down and you count your losers. If the contract is in spades you lose AS, AD, AH. However in 3NT if the spades are split 3-3 and the AD and QD are onside or if the opposition lead them out, you can make 11 tricks.

The Play

In spades or notrumps 3 rounds of spades establishes the small spade, after losing to the AD as long as you leave the opposition to lead diamonds you will make all the rest of the diamonds plus three tricks in clubs, as well as

Comment

You make 4S with this hand also you can make 3NT even though the combined point count is only 22 HCP. So from this you can see that the bidding guidelines for bridge are just that. Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state, but be prepared to be unpopular with your partner. Sometimes you also go light when you have the 'required points', it all comes down to cards, distribution and playing skills. If instead you have bid 4S or 3NT, there is no way if you play well that this contract can be taken light.

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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