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Card Play -Should I finesse or play for 'The Drop'

Practice Finessing and playing for 'The Drop'

Bidding

Bid your longest suit... even though you have the points with your singleton diamond you do not have the balanced distribution to open 1NT. Rebid your 4 card major suit (you can only open with a major if you have 5 or more of them. Partners rebid of hearts at the level of 3 indicates a 5 card or better suit and 10+ points so you should bid to game in their suit.

Acol Bidding

Bid your longest suit... even though you have the points with your singleton diamond you do not have the balanced distribution to open 1NT. Rebid your 4 card major suit (you can only open with a major if you have 5 or more of them. Partners rebid of hearts at the level of 3 indicates a 5 card or better suit and 10+ points so you should bid to game in their suit.

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and you count your losers; 1 heart and 1 spade, your challenge is 'how to play the trump suit to optimise my trick count?' The answer is, if you have nine cards in a suit and the Queen is missing always play for the Queen to drop by playing the Ace and King straight off the top. If you had only eight cards and the queen was missing the finesse gives you better odds to not lose to the Queen.

The Play

Win the lead as soon as possible and play AH and KH with only 4 heart cards out the odds are that you will be able to drop the QH

Comment

If you play for the drop you will get 12 tricks in this contract if not you get 11.

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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