Interesting hand 34

If you already play weak twos in the major suits , or thinking of playing them, these two hands are well worth studying.

Hand 1. South opened 2 with this hand

AQJ652 864 642 K , a good hand but the K may not be of any use. N & S were using the rule of 26 to determine whether a game is likely. Add the number of high card points + the number of cards in the suit. Take the result away frpm 26, and that is the number of points the weak two opener has to hold for bidding game. N held 14 pts +3 cards in s =17, so S needs 9-10pts. N bid 3 and S converted to game in s. The lead was a , won by E, who return a , enabling declarer to discard a .Trumps were draw in two rounds and the last discarded on the J. A trick in s was conceded, making 11 tricks. Several players passed the S hand, and when N opened 1NtT bid 2, direct or via a transfer, for the end of the bidding!

The two hands were:

K 9 7
A 3
A 9 5
Q J 8 4 2
A Q J 6 5 2
8 6 4
6 4 2

Hand 2. Also shows the power of the rule of 26. Again S opened a weak 2, this time with a very weak hand, being non-vulnerable against opponents being vulnerable, with K98743 4 9764 K7. Partner N has 17 pts +4 cards in opener's suit and raised direct to 4S, which ended the bidding. South players who passed found N opening with 1. The partnership often got a disapointing result when partner responded 1 and then passed a re-bid of 3. Although you have only 6 pts , you have a double fit in two suits and a 10 card fit in trumps!

The two hands were

A Q J 6
K 10 5 3 2
Q 5
K 9 8 5 3 2
9 7 6 4
K 7

The hand has interest from the playing. Again a lead to the A and the suit is returned. Trumps are drawn in two rounds and A cashed and a ruffed by declarer.This is a key play, because the only way the contract could fail is if A,Q and J are all in the East hand (only 25% of the time). So lead 4 and if an honour card Q or J appears in W cover it with the K. Should this lose to E's ace, then E must either give you a ruff and discard, or promote your 10. If an honour card does not appear put in the 10, again forcing E to help you. As it happened on the first lead, the A went up, because the W player held both AQ in the suit. So only 2 losers in s. Again 11 tricks made.