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Responders Bid with suit support for partner

What are the rules for supporting partners' suit?

Bidding

Partner opens and you with 10 HCP and 3 spade cards jump the bidding to 3H inviting partner to game if they have more than minimum opening hand values.

Acol Bidding

Partner opens 1H and you with 10 HCP and 4 club cards bid 2C, partner rebids 2NT showing 15-16 HCP you now bid 3H showing them a 3 card heart suit (with a four card heart suit you would bid game straight away instead of 3H) inviting partner to game in hearts if they have more than 4 cards in hearts.

Your Plan

Dummy goes down and you count your losers: you have no losers in hearts; 2 in clubs; 2 in diamonds and 1 in spades. You have contracted to win 10 tricks, (13 tricks in game -5 losers =8 tricks only). with 5 losers you have to make up 2 tricks somehow. Your best chance seems to be looking at the diamond lead as underleading the KD, so the QD will make, and for the second option is to play clubs and finesse twice against the JC hoping its in easts hand, of course you will not lead spades if you can help it, let the other side lead them and hopefully you will make 2 spade tricks.

The Play

Yes at trick 1 you can make the QD a winner, draw three rounds of trumps (count that they are all out), lead a low club from dummy cover with the 9C, win the diamond return, play KC then lead low from dummy to take the finesse for the JC again, play the last club throwing a losing diamond from dummy, ruff the diamond in your hand. Lead a low spade from dummy to hand, win the spade return and lead your last trump.

Comment

With finessing east twice for the JC and discarding a losing diamond on your last club, you can make 11 tricks in 4H

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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