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Stopping in Part Game - How do I know when to stop bidding?

How do I know when to be in part game?

Bidding

Partner opens a club maybe its a preferred minor, or maybe its genuine. You bid your longest suit and partner rebids showing 12-14 HCP and no 4 card major so you bid game with your 13 HCP knowing partner has at least 12 HCP. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1NT showing 12-14 HCP and no 4 card major so you bid game with your 13 HCP knowing partner has at least 12 HCP. All Pass

Your Plan

Dummy goes down - in NoTrump contracts always plan by counting your winners . So you can See 3 spade winners, 0 heart winners, 5 club winners and 0 diamond winners - 8 winners in total but for 3NT you need 9 winners. Your best chances are in the diamond suit but you need to lose the lead twice to develop them and then the heart suit only if east has the AH

The Play

A heart lead !!!!! So you hold your breath and cross your fingers hoping that east has the AH (if west has you will not make any hearts at all) go up with the KH. Now if you play your diamonds at this stage the opposition will lead back hearts in a trice and you will have to discard some of your club and spade winners - so just play ALL of those winners before trying your diamonds. Make sure to play the honors in the short suit (in your spade suit) before using your KC entry to hand to play the last spade winner.

Comment

If you play your clubs after the spade suit you can make 10 tricks with this contract. If you play then first you will go light

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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