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You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP

Practice playing in NoTrumps with only 23 HCP


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Bidding

Partner opens 1C; the opponents bid diamonds; you rebid your heart suit and your partner bids the spades. With 5 cards and an honor in the oppositions suit, you can now bid no trumps at the 2 level showing 11-12 HCP and no major suit fit. Partner passes. All Pass.

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1C; the opponents bid diamonds; you rebid your heart suit and your partner bids the spades. With 5 cards and an honor in the oppositions suit, you can now bid no trumps at the 2 level showing 11-12 HCP and no major suit fit. Partner passes. All Pass.

Plan Before You Play

Preserving your entries to dummy so that you can run your very long clubs after the opposition have played their AC has been played is the most important way to ensure you make this contract. Keeping your AD until the AC has been played is the best method to ensure you can enter dummy. Smart opposition will play the AC after the second round of clubs and keep leading diamonds at you to get rid of your entries to the table (dummy)

The Play

A diamond lead which you should duck in dummy winning the diamond return with the AD. Lead a low club to declarer's ; JC and when this wins lead another low club extracting the AC. Lead the JS ducking when west wins with the
as. West returns a spade which you win with KS in dummy, run the rest of your club suit; cross to your hand with the heart and play 2 hearts giving the last 2 tricks to the other side.

Comment

You can make 10 tricks with this hand if you discard your losing diamonds on your club winners. If the opponent's lead hearts or diamonds you have a much more difficult time making this contract. West has to lead back a spade heart or club after winning with the AS, thank goodness he didn't have any diamonds left.

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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