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Strong 2 Clubs Opening Bid

How can I show more than 21 points in my hand

Bidding

You have to decide, will you show your 5 card heart suit by opening 1H (but limited to 13-21 points) or will you show your 23+ points first and your suit holding in a subsequent rebid? The purpose of the 2C opener is to signal nearly game going points and partner must reply even with 3 or 4 points in their hand you should be in game - So here open 2C then bid your hearts and if you get a 3rd bid show your diamonds. Notice how partner chooses the final contract as they know their points and yours

Acol Bidding

You have to decide, will you show your 4 card heart suit by opening 1H (but limited to 11-21 points) or will you show your 23+ points first and your suit holding in a subsequent rebid? The purpose of the 2C opener is to signal nearly game going points and partner must reply even with 3 or 4 points in their hand you should be in game - So here open 2C then bid your hearts and if you get a 3rd bid show your diamonds. Notice how partner chooses the final contract as they know their points and yours

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and you gasp! two outstanding Aces! but to your relief you notice a void in dummy's diamonds, meaning you can ruff any diamond lead as long as you have trump cards in dummy. counting your losers then... you only have 1 - the ace of clubs. draw trumps and run dummy's spades.

The Play

Lose the club Ace, draw trumps , thankfully they are split 2-2 so you only need 2 rounds - play the spade ace - cross to dummy by ruffing a diamond run the rest of your spades for 12 tricks. Well done you :)

Comment

Partners negative response 2D shows 7 or less points, with 8 points or more they would have bid their spade suit straight off. The initial negative response stops you from now bidding to Grand Slam (7H)

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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