You reach 3NT as South and West leads the ♥6 from his five-card suit. That appears to do you no harm at all with your strong holding in Hearts but you need to be careful; the ♥A on the table can be knocked out easily by the opponents and that is your only entry to dummy and its source of tricks. A brief Count of tricks shows that there are only seven top tricks so you need to set up two more – the most appropriate suit to play on being Clubs. (What else? Diamonds, maybe? Well, how do you intend playing that moth-eaten suit? No, it is usually best to look to length in these No-trump deals). The best play is to win the Heart in hand and duck a Club, hoping for a 3-2 break. This is us beating the drum on this important theme – when you have to lose tricks in a suit to set it up it is best to lose those tricks early.
Having won a cheap Club trick the opponents are going to make a nuisance of themselves by returning a Heart to remove dummy’s entry (the ♥A). No matter, you can win the the ♥A and calmly duck a second round of Clubs – all the time hoping that the suit breaks favorably. The defense can lead what they like now; you can win whatever they play, cash the ♣A to extract the defenders’ last Club and the two baby Clubs are masters (which you have to take at once). You now have two Spades, three Hearts, one Diamond and three Clubs. That totals nine tricks.
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1 - Bidding: Click the 'Play' button in the middle of the page to display the bidding box.When you are ready, click the 'Start Bidding' button.When a bid is alerted, it is shown on a yellow background. You can then click that bid to display the related alert.When there is a comment or a question about your own bid, you can read it on the bidding box comments pane, and then, click the 'Ok' button to continue bidding.Click 'Close Bidding Box' to proceed to playing the hand.2 - Playing: The lead is automatic if you are declarer, otherwise you'll see the 'It's your lead' warning in the center pane.You will play your cards and dummy's as if you were at a live table.2.1 -Touching cards are considered equivalent! e.g. if you have 876 and you play the 7 while Vu-Bridge expects you to play the 6, then the 7 will blink and the 6 will be played.2.2 -Sometimes there will be a comment or question during the play.You should read it and click the 'Click to continue' button at the top of the comment text.If its a question, there will be a 'Show Answer' button to click at the bottom of the comment panel.2.3 - When a comment bears a 'Finish flag' button, you can click it to reveal hidden hands and continue playing. We use this to explain technical coups like end-plays, squeezes etc.2.4 - You can review the last trick by clicking on the last won or lost trick (back of card) at the bottom of the screen. The last trick will show during 3 seconds and then play will continue.2.5 - You can click the 'Undo last trick' button at the left of the screen in order to redo one or several tricks and review the attached comments.You can review the auction by clicking the 'Auction' tab in the same area.3 - Moving the comment panel:When the mouse hovers the dark green background of the bidding box or the comment panel, you'll see a crosshair cursor and you can drag and move it around the page.The left and right arrows on the top left corner of the comment panel allows you to increase or reduce the width for better readability.4 - When a hand is finished, you can click the 'Board List' at the top of the comment panel, and play other hands From the same Series.To play other Series, visit the Vu-Bridge's home page and click the 'Bridge Hands' button.