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Making opponents overbid and then giving them a penalty double - So much fun!


East opens the bidding with 1D (diamond) - you pass (P)- West bids 1H (heart) - Your partner bids 1S (spades) showing 5-6 when they make an overcall - East bids 2C (clubs) - you have not found a fit with partner as you only have 2 spades (remember you needed 3 to have 8 spades between you) so you cannot give yourself Short Suit Distribution Points but still with 2 spades and 10 points and partners 6 spades (we hope) just sneak in a 2S bid and West bids 3D (diamonds) - your partner bids 3S so East bids 5D - yes we have forced the opposition to overbid! Someones lying here we can't both have game going poinys and I trust my partners bidding -Lets give them a penalty double! 'X' -All Pass Contract is 5D X

Acol Bidding

Your Plan

Hopefully you can win 2-3 spade tricks with your partners spades and you have maybe a club and a diamond trick in your own hand. This means opponents are 3ish light -doubled in 5D, should be a good score for you compared to all the others who have played this hand.

The Play

Lead 6S and after winning the diamond return with AD lead the 5S partner wins with KS and then leads QS which East ruffs but you can over-ruff with 8D. Play JH which draws the AH cover the 7C with the JC, play the AC and the the TH which partner wins but East ruffs. East then wins the rest of the tricks for only -500 points your way - a very good defense by you.


3 light doubled is a fantastic score for your side* The auction is completed after 3 passes.
* Review the bidding at any time by clicking on the nS | EW menu item along the top'
*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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