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Responding to a 3 level pre-empt


Bidding

Partner opens 3C, you respond 3NT. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 3C, you respond 3NT. All Pass

Your Plan

In NoTrump contract count your winners. Spades=1; Hearts=3;Diamonds=1; Clubs=3. You need to develop another winner to make 9 tricks. Running the clubs is likely to do that.

The Play

Win the heart lead and play all the clubs with the honors in the short suit first, after seven rounds of clubs. Lead 10S spades AS and KS drop. Win the heart return and the spades and hearts in your hand are high.

Comment

Makes 12 tricks if no one leads diamonds

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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