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When you need to lead from the other hand

Bidding

With your long suit distribution points in hearts and 21 HCP open 2C (23+ points), partner bids 2S (shows 8+ points and slam interest) bid your hearts at the 3 level and partner jumps straight to 6H.

Acol Bidding

With your long suit distribution points in hearts and 21 HCP open 2C (23+ points), partner bids 2S (shows 8+ points and slam interest) bid your hearts at the 3 level and partner jumps straight to 6H.

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and you instantly notice your amazing spade suit and you can see there is no way to get to it after drawing trumps. Creating an entry is your key problem here. your best shot is to leave enough trumps on the table so you can ruff a club or diamond. Clubs look quicker at the moment.

The Play

Win the club lead and draw trumps hoping there is a 2-2 split but knowing that with 4 cards out its most like to be a 3-1 split, and it is! After 2 rounds of trumps you know that you have only 1 more trump card outstanding and east has it. Good news (you were always doomed to lose 1 trick if west had the 3 trump cards). After 3 rounds of spades you have no more losers in your hand so plan to ruff the 4th spade and draw the last trump card before playing the AD and KD.

Comment

This hand in 6 hearts makes 13 tricks if you do not draw all trumps but instead establish an entry to the table by ruffing a club in dummy to run all the high spades - see if you can do it. Without this entry you will only make 11 tricks

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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