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Responder has a strong hand (13+ points)


Bidding

Partner opens 1 diamond, with your 14+ HCP and a 5 card heart suit this hand is perfect to make a 2H jump shift bid, showing partner a strong hand (13+ points and a long heart suit). Your partner supports your heart suit and you sign off in game 4H. Partner then recalculates and bids 6H. Slam!

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1 diamond, with your 14+ HCP and a 5 card heart suit this hand is perfect to make a 2H jump shift bid, showing partner a strong hand (13+ points and a long heart suit). Your partner supports your heart suit and you sign off in game 4H. Partner then recalculates and bids 6H. Slam!

Your Plan

Dummy's hand goes down and you count your losers, 0 in spades, 0 in hearts, 1 in diamonds and 1 in clubs. Finessing the diamonds and the hearts will hopefully eliminate at least 1 of those 2 losers.

The Play

Win the spade lead, three rounds of trumps ending in your hand, with 8 diamonds try the diamond finesse first, in this case a direct finesses leading out the Queen and planning to cover whatever West plays (so finessing West for the KD. When that succeeds, back to your hand and lead a low club up to the QC..... that holds

Comment

If you do not make the jump shift bid on your second bid it is your responsibility to count and evaluate whether Slam is possible or not....

Making the 2 finesses makes 13 tricks. If you do not you still get 12 tricks, 13 is better.

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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