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Bidding

West opens the bidding with 1C, your partner doubles for takeout 'X," with club stoppers and 16+ points you bid 3NT. All Pass

Acol Bidding

West opens the bidding with 1C, your partner doubles for takeout 'X," with club stoppers and 16+ points you bid 3NT. All Pass

Your Plan

Dummy goes down in NoTrumps count your winners. Spades=0; Hearts=3; Diamonds=4; Clubs=2. As long as you can only have 4 leads of spades you should make this contract. South expects the club finesse to fail because West opened the bidding. A 3-3 heart split is also less likely than a 4-2 split. The best plan is to cash a second round of hearts (to help get a better count on the hand later), and then run all the diamond winners. The fourth diamond catches West in a heart-club squeeze

The Play

AS lead. Silly west, if he kept leading and played KS the defense wins four rounds of spades but instead he makes a club switch. Win with JC. Play 4 rounds of diamonds (on the third round notice west discard a club and on the 4th round west discards a spade) and then 3 round of hearts (east discards a spade). On the 4th round of hearts west wins with JH and leads KS, wins the JS and has no choice but to play his KC into your AC.

Comment

West discarding a 9C on the 3rd diamond (5th round of cards) unguarded his KC, if he had discarded a low heart instead Norths 2H would be a winning card.

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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