Nil Written all over It

Hand 09 - Answer

Spades Hand Number 09

Neither hearts nor clubs are likely to take a trick in nearly any scenario.

The diamond king would likely take a trick, but the three small diamonds behind it would allow the nil bidder to avoid having to take a trick with the king. The king could also be sloughed on the ace lead, which would be a good play for the partner of this hand.

No decent spades to speak of.

This hand should be fairly easy to make nil with, even with no help from the partner hand and an assiduous low level attack by the opposition. Simply play the highest card of every suit under the previous cards played in the trick. Slough diamonds should the opportunity permit. It is probably safer to bid nil with this hand than it is to bid one.

Bid: nil.

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