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Bridge Practice 'Hand of the Day'

To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low

Part Game - Practice play with ducking, finessing and leading low toward an honor


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Bidding

Partner opens 1S you have three spades so raise to 3S.The correct contract for you points here is 3S as you only have 23 HCP and a 5-3 spades suit fit

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1S you only have three spades. Make a waiting bid of 2D showing 10+ HCP and at least 4 diamonds. Partner rebids spades and now you raise them to 3S. The correct contract for you points here is 3S as you only have 23 HCP and a 5-3 spades suit fit.

Plan Before You Play

Think about entries and how you can enter declarers hand to lead low towards the KS and QS. Also think about playing the diamond honor cards in dummys hand first, so you can later run the established small diamonds in declarer's hand. Try not to lead out hearts if possible let the opposition underlead their honor cards instead

The Play

A club lead 3C use the rule of eleven to see if the opening lead has the KC duck in declarer's hand hoping the KC is in easts hand. Then lead a low club from dummy and finesse the JC. Then switch suits and draw trumps playing the diamond honors in dummy first. Finesse the heart return from west and then all the rest of your cards in declarer's hand are winners!

Comment

Making 3 club tricks. If you follow three of the playing rules linked to in "The Play" you can make 11 tricks with this hand.

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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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