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After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman

Practice Opening at the level of 2 and playing a Slam


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Bidding

Caught between 2 lies. If you open 2NT you are promising 20-22 HCP and no 5 card major suits so this is the wrong bid; but if you open 2C you are promising 23+ and an interests in playing in a suit. Hmmmm this is often a problem in bridge... which is the most accurate of the lies that you are about to tell your partner? If you open 2NT you partner will possibly Stayman asking you to bid your lowest ranking 4 card major (hearts in this case) - if partner NoTrumps after your heart bid , bid your spades as this must be partners suit. (try it and see)

Acol Bidding

Caught between 2 lies. If you open 2NT you are promising 20-22 HCP and no 5 card major suits so this is the wrong bid; but if you open 2C you are promising 23+ and an interests in playing in a suit. Hmmmm this is often a problem in bridge... which is the most accurate of the lies that you are about to tell your partner? If you open 2NT you partner will Stayman asking you to bid your lowest ranking 4 card major (hearts in this case) - if partner NoTrumps after this heart bid , bid your spades as this must be partners suit. (try it and see)

Plan Before You Play

Play all your winners making sure to discard losing club cards in hand and in dummy so you do not have to lead clubs for a second time

The Play

Win and play your hearts spades and diamond suits discarding the spare clubs on the diamond and heart suits

Comment

With this hand you can make 13 tricks if you only play the club suit once. The tricky thing about this hand is actually bidding the slam to obtain the slam bonus points. I f you bid only game you will get very poor marks compared to other competitors.

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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