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Bidding

Partner opens 1C and you have opening hand points as well, maybe you have the chance to bid a slam contract. Your bid is 1S then partner rebids 1NT. For your second bid, bid your hearts asking partner to choose which of your two suits he prefers. He responds 2S, so Spades is the suit for your contract.
Now ask partner how many Aces he holds. If a suit contract has been decided and it has here, 4NT is the Ace asking bid.

Ace ask by bidding 4NT - partner replies 5D = 1 Ace. To ask about partners Kings bid 5NT - Partner replies 6D showing 1 King. So with the void counting as an Ace you have three Aces, and with the void counting as one King you now have a total of 4 Kings, This means you only have one loser so you can bid 6S. If partner only has 2 of your spade suit he will take you out and bid 6NT.

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1NT and you have opening hand points as well, maybe you have the chance to bid a slam contract. Your bid is 3S a force and showing 5 cards in spades, then partner rebids 4S
Now ask partner how many Aces they hold. If a suit contract has been decided and it is spades in this instance, 4NT is the Ace asking bid.

Ace ask by bidding 4NT - partner replies 5D = 1 Ace. To ask about partners Kings bid 5NT - Partner replies 6D showing 1 King. So with the void counting as an Ace you have three Aces, and with the void counting as one King you now have a total of 4 Kings, This means you only have one loser so you can bid 6S. If partner only has 2 of your spade suit he will take you out and bid 6NT.

Your Plan

Count your losers. 1 spade, and no others, this hand is looking good. The key to making this contract is making sure your small diamond is a also winner, for this to happen you will need to count the diamonds as the opposition play to be certain of making 12 tricks

The Play

Ruff the club lead and use the KH to enter dummy and lead a low spade, repeat using the QH to lead a low spade from the dummy. Ruff the club return and draw the last of the trumps. Play the AH and JH. Now lead a low diamond from your hand to play the AD and then the QD, as you count diamonds you see that the opposition follow suit twice, so diamonds are split either 3-3 or 4-2, this contract goes light if its 4-2. Allow diamond back to the KD and both opponents follow so the 7D is now a winning card

Comment

Counting cards as they are played is the key to knowing what your winning cards are and making this contract

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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