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Count the opponents clubs and diamonds as they follow suit for a top score


Bidding

You have 2 biddable minor suits and 16 HCP. You can open the bidding with your longest suit. Bid 1D (diamonds) partner responds with their major suit and you bid 2C (clubs) for your rebid - you have shown your partner 2 minor suits. Because you have no major suit fit between you, your partner North bids 3 no trumps (3NT) - All Pass.

Acol Bidding

Your Plan

Three quick tricks in Spades, 1 in hearts, 3 quick tricks in clubs and 2 quick tricks in clubs means you should make your contract. A club suit finesse for the JC may deliver more tricks and a higher score.

Win all your high cards hoping that East has the King of clubs in which case the jack of clubs will be a winning trick as well.

The Play

East makes the opening lead the 2S the clockwise direction of play means that South is the next to play - this is highlighted by the next hand you need to play from is highlighted with a golden outline around the cards.
*To review the last trick played click on the NS | EW in the top of your screen - the last round will be displayed. Win the spade opening lead with the KS and take the club finesse straight away while you can stop a lead in any other suit if the finesse fails. But it succeeds yay! Play your most powerful suit diamonds, counting the outstanding diamonds as they are played, after three rounds you realize all the diamonds are out so the 9D and 8D are good, play those discarding your losing hearts. Then play the AC and the KC, if you've been counting you will know that the 7C is high as well, play it and then the AS and QS losing only the last heart.

Comment

If you don't take the club finesse you can still make your contract winning 10 tricks - but taking the finesse means you get 12 tricks with this hand. A stupendously good result.

*A link to our Declarer Play lessons
* The auction is completed after 3 passes.
* Review the bidding at any time by clicking on the blue menu item along the top titled 'Auction.'
*The first player to bid the suit of the final contract becomes the Declarer and their partner is now called Dummy.
*Dummys cards are always placed face up on the table after the opening lead has been made by the opposition.
*You can check which hand you need to play from because there is a small golden halo around the hand that is due to be played next.

NOTE: The above commentary is intended as a guideline only. As with any Bridge hand there are many ways to bid and play any hand. Beginners should also make extensive use of the 'Hint' button. The hints are computer generated and quite conservative, but are often useful if you are looking for a good suggestion.

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