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To pre-empt or not to preempt

The value of long suit distribution points

Bidding

You have 7 good spades and 10 HCP, it looks like a great hand for a 3 level preempt. But, if you count long suit distribution points with 1 extra point for each spade card after the 4th one, you now have 13 TP's and a hand which can be opened at the level of 1. What to do? If you open 1S partner shows 10+ points with 2D, you rebid spades and partner raises to 4S. If you open 3S partner straight away bids 4S.

Acol Bidding

You have 7 good spades and 10 HCP, it looks like a great hand for a 3 level preempt. But, if you count long suit distribution points with 1 extra point for each spade card after the 4th one, you now have 13 TP's and a hand which can be opened at the level of 1. What to do? If you open 1S partner shows 10+ points with 2D, you rebid spades and partner raises to 4S. If you open 3S partner straight away bids 4S.

Your Plan

Dummy goes down, counting your losers none in spades 2 in hearts 0 in diamonds and 1 in clubs, this contract looks safe. So draw trumps run your diamonds and let the opposition lead hearts and clubs to maximise those honors.

The Play

Lose the heart lead and win with the KD after the opposition switch. Three rounds of trumps removes opposition holding, Play all your diamonds throwing your heart and a club in hand. Play the AC now you can ruff all the rest of dummys cards, but you don't need to as you can run your low spades

Comment

This hand has Slam possibilities so in this situation I'd open 1S rather than 3S, but like many decisions in bridge it comes down to judgement.

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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