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Discovery Plays

Finding opponents cards

Bidding

Open 1D, partner bids 1H, east makes a takeout double, rebid 1S and partner rebids 1NT showing a minimum hand. All Pass

Acol Bidding

Open 1D (no clubs for a NoTrump opening), partner bids 1H, east makes a takeout double, rebid 1S and partner rebids 1NT showing a minimum hand. All Pass

Your Plan

Count your winners after Dummy goes down. Spades=3; Hearts=0;Diamonds=2; Clubs=0. Five winners, hmm you'll need to develop winners and diamonds is your longest suit. Avoid leading hearts if at all possible.

The Play

Win the heart lead (because you are certain east is underleading the AH and probably has AD as he made a takeout double), lead a low diamond up to JD, won by easts AD, noticing that west also played a diamond so the distribution is at least 4-1. East returns AC and a low club which you win with KC. Play KS and enter your hand with the diamond suit noticing that both east and west play diamonds, YES!!! the diamond split is 3-2 you will make overtricks here. Run your diamonds and then your spades, losing the last heart.

Comment

Counting the diamonds and discovering the distribution, as well as the extra information from east's takeout double allow you to make 10 tricks out of this 5 trick hand.

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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