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Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds

Practice takeout doubling and playing in a minor suit


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Bidding

The other side open, you make a takeout double "X", west bids then your partner bids. Because your partner is not forced to bid due to wests intervening bid after his response to your takeout double you know he has 8+points and a 4 card diamond suit , raise partners diamonds as you have a fit and you are inviting partner to bid game if they have more values than just 8 point. All pass.

Acol Bidding

The other side open, you make a takeout double "X", west bids then your partner bids. Because your partner is not forced to bid due to wests intervening bid after his response to your takeout double you know he has 8+points and a 4 card diamond suit , raise partners diamonds as you have a fit and you are inviting partner to bid game if they have more values than just 8 point. All pass.

Plan Before You Play

Dummy goes down and you plan your play. Count your losing tricks you find you have 6 losers, 2 in diamonds, 1 in spades, 1 in hearts and 2 in clubs. You have contracted to win 9 tricks so you can only afford to have 4 losers. your best chance of finding extra winners is in the spade suit and ruffing a small heart.

The Play

With the spade lead you want to hope that east is underleading his QS in which case you may make 4 spade tricks so, duck in hand planning to win with the JS east underlead his QS. West wins and returns a heart, win the heart and lead trumps winning with AD. Lead a second round of trumps, and win the heart return, play your spades discarding a low heart in dummy on the AS , lead a low club towards KC in your hand. Thankfully east has AC and you will make 1 club trick.

Comment

If you handle your spades carefully and lead low from dummy up to the KC in your hand you can make 9 tricks, otherwise you will make only 8 tricks. Its important to play for the 'drop' when you have 9 cards in a suit rather than finessing as this has a slightly better chance of success. (53% as opposed the the finesses 50%). The opposition can make 1C or 1H with these hands.

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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