Should I Run this Honour? When wondering whether to take a finesse by running an honour, check how many cards you have backing up your lower honours. The longer the sequence, the stronger the sequence: look for tens and nines in particular.
The results for this hand were evenly spit. What made the difference? Graeme encourages to dive in deeper looking for all the clues that help us see the unseen hands, while, at the same time, taking a broader perspective beyond the results of this (or any) particular hand.
When your partner opens 1NT, you know almost exactly what kind of hand he holds. It is one of only 3 possible shapes: 4333, 4432 or 5332 - the balanced hands. And it sits in a very narrow point range: 12-14 if you are playing Acol; or 15-17 if you are playing Standard American.