As declarer you have majority of trumps although fail to make the contract

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  • #8081
    will
    will
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    A common error is raising a 1H opening to 4H with a weak hand with 5 Hearts BUT a 5-3-3-2 or possibly 5-4-2-2 shaped hand.

    Treat 5-3-3-2 as only four trumps, and make the correct bid (Bergen, or Limit Raise).

    The 10-card fit is only valuable if you can trump with it (ie, you need a singleton or void).

    One strategic point is that you don’t need to raise so aggressively with SPADES, since you will often buy the contract one level lower that if you have Hearts.
    so 1H : 4H is fine, but 1S : 3S will often have the same effect.

    #8069
    joaneb
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    With 10 trumps the hand will play better with a singleton, so for this reason, players sometimes raise only to 2♠ when partner has opened 1♠ if their hand is something like ♠ Qxxxx ♥ xx ♦ Q10xx ♣ xx, rather than ♠ Qxxxx ♥ x ♦ Q10xx ♣ xxx, where they would have raised to 4♠

    #8060

    LuckyLenny
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    If you have 10 trumps and go one off for -50 or -100 then this is probably better than the rest of the field getting -110 or -140 for a part-score against them or maybe even -420 for a game.

    Law of total trumps, total tricks

    #8059
    MargaretN
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    A contract of Spades has been made and as declarer there are 10 trumps within the partnership yet you fail to make the contract as an effective lead has been made by the defenders and then they change suit to capitalise on their winners before the declarer can win a trick and draw trumps. There is no void or singleton in the declarer’s hands.
    Many times where a partnership has numerous trumps the contract is not made. What strategies can be used to ensure the contract can be met? Does this mean the hand assessment was incorrect? Is it that what could go wrong if the opposition has the lead was not considered thoroughly?

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