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You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit



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Bidding

Although you have 20 HCP you cannot open 2NT in this situation but what else can you do? Your partner bids 2NT showing 10-12 HCP and at least an honor in every suit and at least 2 cards in each suit. You bid 3NT because you do not have a major suit fit. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Although you have 20 HCP you cannot open 2NT in this situation because you do not have the minimum distribution of a doubleton in every suit. Open your longest and preferred minor suit, 1C. Your partner bids 3C showing 10-12 HCP and no diamond cover! . You bid 3NT because you do not have a major suit fit. All Pass

Plan Before You Play

In No Trumps count your winners. You have 2 in spades, 1 in hearts 1 in diamonds and 4 in clubs. You need to develop 1 more winner to make your contract. Either finessing East for the QS, or drawing out the KH in order to promote the QH. At this stage you don't want to opposition to lead diamonds soon as you only have 1 stop in that suit, so the finesse where you may not lose the lead is a better option

The Play

With a spade lead from east take the finesse right away hoping they are leading away from the QS. Yes! it succeeds. Now lose the heart loser as soon as possible to promote an overtrick while you still have control in the diamond suit. Now after that the rest of the tricks are yours! making 12 tricks.

If you get a diamond lead the contract becomes a little trickier. you need to develop 1 more winner and spades is probably your strongest suit for this. quickly play KS and then a finesse to the JS, play QC to re-enter dummy and lead another low spade to the 9S. For 10 tricks.

Comment

In 3NT you can make 11 tricks. For fun try bidding 6C instead of 3NT for some fun. With a 4-1 trump split the only way to make your contract is to delay drawing the last 2 trumps until you have ruffed the remaining diamonds in dummy, then use QH to enter dummy draw the last 2 trumps, take the finesse of east for the QS, the rest of the tricks are yours.

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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