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Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand



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Bidding

You open 1NT and your partner makes a take-out bid of 2 spades. A take out bid means partner stop bidding now! and shows 0-7 points and at least a 5 card suit. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Open your lower ranked 4 card major suit - partner bids 1 spade - you show a minimum opening hand and 4 card support by raising partner to 2 spades. All Pass

Plan Before You Play

Count your losers in a suit contract. You can see 1 loser in spades, 1-2 in hearts, and 1 in clubs, so 4 losers the contract should be fine. So the plan is to draw trumps as soon as possible, play the side suit winners and cross ruff the small clubs heats and diamonds.

The Play

Win the diamond lead and draw 1 round of trumps - win the diamond return and draw 2 more round of trumps remember to count the outstanding trumps so you can stop before using up all your trumps (it's a 3-1 trump split). Lead out the JH and east plays the AH. Ruff the diamond return and lead a small club which the AC wins, win the club return, play KH dropping the QH and ruff a low heart, ruff a low club and the 10H. Making 10 tricks

Comment

If you remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand to ruff the small side suit cards. You can make 10 tricks with this deal

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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