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Defensive communication with partner makes Bridge exciting even when you aren't Declarer


All positions pass until East opens the bidding 1D (diamonds) - you pass then West responds 1S (spades). Your partner passes again and East bids 2NT (NoTrumps) and West raises to 3NT (NoTrumps) (=game). All Pass You and partner are The Defense. In Bridge games you and partner are on Defense 50% of the time so learning good defensive plays and communication improves your scores dramatically. Defensive communication with partner is where Bridge differs and is so much more interesting than other card games

Acol Bidding

Your Plan

You and your partner are on defense and must work together to take as many tricks as possible for your points. 60SecondBridge has developed a series of Defensive Play Lessons to help learn the general principles. Without going into too much detail - usually you lead a suit that you hope you and your partner may have winners in rather than leading a suit the opposition have winners.

So in this situation avoid leading the spade and diamond suits the opposition bid, now you have to choose, do you lead hearts or clubs for your opening lead? Usually its longest and strongest so we lead 7C.

The Play

The Declare wins with AC and leads AH and the AS (this is good because your KS is now high. On the Diamond lead duck with your KD maybe East will finesse the TD and partner can win with JD or QD. Nope..... no finesse East goes up with the AD but then leads QS which you cover with your KS. Lead out your KC and another club which partner wins with QC and leads another club and another!!!! (hahaha East is having a really hard time and won't make their contract - oh joy!) East wins the heart switch and leads another heart, then Eadt leads QD and you are going to win with KD but East wins with your last diamond trick.

Try the game twice leading out either - does it make any difference? Yes it certainly does. Leading a low club over and over again causes the opposition go light - whereas leading a heart over and over allows the opposition to make 11 tricks.


We took a 3NT contract 2 light that will give huge scores on the results compared to everyone else.
* The auction is completed after 3 passes.
* Review the bidding at any time by clicking on the 'NS | EW Menu item'
*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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