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Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop

Practice playing for 'the drop' vs a finesse


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Bidding

Open your preferred minor suit and partner responds, 1H, you rebid 1S and partner responds with aa jump rebid in their own suit so they are without support for opener and have 10-12 points and a 6 card suit, you have enough points for game in hearts so you bid it. 4H. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Open your preferred minor suit and partner responds, 1H, you rebid 1S and partner responds with aa jump rebid in their own suit so they are without support for opener and have 10-12 points and a 6 card suit, you have enough points for game in hearts so you bid it. 4H. All Pass

Plan Before You Play

Count your losing tricks. Spades=1; Hearts=1; Diamonds =0; Clubs=0. . With with a nine card suit fit play for 'the drop' meaning lead out your highest card usually the Ace hoping the outstanding honor is a singleton and must be played. Then lose to the AS all other cards are winners.

The Play

Win the club lead, lead a low trump to the AH, two more rounds of trumps, a low club to the AC, play the KC ruff a low club, lead a low spade from dummy to KS, ruff the club return and the rest of your cards are winners.

Comment

This is an easy game to make 12 tricks even though you don't have enough points to bid slam. The key play is 'playing for the drop' in the heart suit (playing the Ace in the first round hoping the King is a singleton), otherwise you make 11 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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