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Auto Splinter

Updated: Sep 23, 2021

A bridge hand

  1. West is dealer. Bid the E/W hands. Use the auto splinter.

  2. You are West and become the declarer in 4♠. North leads the ♣10. How should you play?

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The Entire Deal

Gino's Suggestion and a Short Explanation




  1. Responder's 4♦ is an 'auto splinter' rebid, showing 6+ spades and a slam going hand (12+ HCP). Note that a 3♦ rebid would show diamonds and be forcing. No need to jump to show diamonds. After the splinter, opener rebids 4♠ with wasted values in diamonds.

  2. Declaring 4♠, timing is key. Win the club and first play a diamond. Force out the ♦A to quickly discard the heart loser. Draw trump next by finessing. Prioritize discarding the heart loser.

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