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Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks

Practice playing 1NT with multiple finesses


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Bidding

Open the bidding 1NT with 15-17 HCP and no worthless doubletons; partner passes. All Pass.

Acol Bidding

Open 1S your longest suit; partner bids 1NT;the opponents overcall 2D, you have 2 stoppers in diamonds so bid 2NT. All Pass.

Plan Before You Play

Count your winning tricks. Spades:1, Hearts:2, Diamonds:2, Clubs:1. You need to develop another 2 tricks to make your contract. Making multiple finesses in hearts and clubs and always playing the honor from the short hand first seems your best strategy.

The Play

Declarer is South if you bid using Standard American but North if you bid Acol. When spades are lead duck until the QS, JS are good, when diamonds are lead you need to lose to the AD but then you have 2 diamond winners. when hearts are lead low heart, finesse against the QH in west twice then you can drop the QH by playing the AH. With the clubs lead the 10C and make a direct finesse now lead low from the long club hand and play JC

Comment

If you get 7 tricks you have made your contract but with excellent playing, squeezing the opposition so they discard winners and if you make a direct finesse in clubs and finesse hearts twice you can make 9 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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