There's More Than One Way..By Marti RonemusThis is a dandy hand to practise your creativity on. You certainly have the points for game, but it requires a little lateral thinking. Have fun!
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This hand is a little more than vin ordinaire - not too tricky, but it can go down without a decisive plan. When East opens, we don't want to make just an overcall. Our hand is too nice for that, so instead we double, planning to show our own suit on our next bid. We do. North (good partner that he is) recognizes that we've got the Big Double, and has just enough to raise us to game. When we count our losers, we see two Hearts, two Diamonds and one Club. We can easily ruff two Diamonds in Dummy, keeping our loser count under control. BUT. We're going to have to play this hand in the right order. We will need to ruff those Diamonds in dummy before pulling trumps. The other mistake we can make is to carelessly ruff a Diamond LOW in dummy. There's no reason. We don't have a count on the Diamond suit, and East could easily have three, but why risk it? We've got all the high trumps. Be safe and show style.
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