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Open a Preferred Minor or Lower ranking of 2 four card suits

13-15 points and no 5 card major

Bidding

Open 1C your longest minor suit with 14 HCP. Partner bids hearts and with 4 and a minimum opening hand you raise to 2H, partner finds extra values and can bid 4H. You need to win 10 tricks for this contract.

Acol Bidding

You could open 1NT with this hand but you have a worthless doubleton in diamonds. Far better to open the lower ranking of your two four card suits. So 1H, partner bids game and you are playing.

Your Plan

In a suit count your losing tricks. You can see a diamond a club and and possibly a heart loser. your best hope is that a the QH drops leading out AH & KH, don't touch the club suit hoping the opponents will underlead their KC at some time.

The Play

Win the lead draw 2 rounds of trumps (if you count you will know when all trumps have been drawn), play the honor spades in dummy, use trumps to enter your hand and play the last two spades and discarding dummys losers on them. Cross ruff the remaining losers

Comment

You can make 11 tricks in hearts with this hand even though dummy and declarer only have 23 points between them.

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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