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Play 3NT

Updated: May 3, 2022

A bridge hand

You are West, the declarer in 3NT. North leads the club 10. You win with your king and play a diamond. North plays the jack.

What is your plan. You play in IMP scoring.

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The Entire Deal

Gino's Suggestion and a Short Explanation

Duck the ♦J! Playing IMPs, do not risk your contract for overtricks. Make a safe play.

You have 9 winners, unless South is able to attack spades and capture your king-jack. Recognize that South is the dangerous opponent. Play to avoid South from winning a trick. Ducking the ♦J is a safety play. While forgoing overtricks when diamonds break 3-2, the play guarantees the contract allowing North, the non dangerous opponent, to win the diamond trick. This safety play technique is a good tactic when playing in IMP scoring.

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