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Spades tips and strategies part 6 buckeye_4_ever_1970     10/28/2003 15:02

If the opponent on your right is nil and you know his partner is void in a suit, lead low in that suit and force the nil's partner to cover. This also gives your partner a chance to throw a spade if you opponent is under the card you lead.

Leading spades can be quite effective when the nil is on your left. What occurs in this situation is the nil has to play a spade; question how high of a spade they can play and their partner will be able to cover. If the nil plays low, your partner has a chance to throw off a high spade.
Bags:

Every trick you don't bid is 10 less point you don't get. If you set the other team back 100 points on bags it is probably 100 points that you didn’t t bid.

Trump with the lowest spade you counted. Trumping with your high spades makes it easy for your opponents to set you if they decide to.

Okay, I have another thing to say about bags now. If possible over trump the tricks your opponents bid. This does three things.
a) Puts you in a position to set them.
b) Gets rid of your high cards, if you don't want to try and set.
c) Makes them stop sluffing and start worrying about their bid.

Bidding:

There are really only two ways to bid your spades. You bid your spades on whether you will trump a non-spade suit or if spades are run, how many tricks can you get. A lot of times you bid your spades in a combination of the two. If you trump too many times in non-spade suits you are setting yourself up to have spades run on you and the spades you counted on if spades were run will be overtrumped because they are no longer protected by your lower spades. Keep track of what trump you planned to trump with and in what suit you planned to use it while remembering what trumps you counted on taking if spades were run. If you play second or third, be extremely careful trumping a suit the 4th time it is led.

Be careful bidding spades on suits you are void in. Your partner may have bid the Ace and King in that suit. Remember if you are short suited in a suit, someone else may be short in the same suit. This usually occurs when you are two suited.

Be careful bidding based on what the player on your left may bid, when you bid third. Underbidding to trying to avoid your opponent from nilling can cause more damage than good and is not very effective. Underbidding to avoid you opponent from Double Nilling can be quite effective. Two reasons you may want to underbid are:
1) Opponent on your left is probably going to nil. If you underbid one or two tricks, it will be easier for you try and set the nil and still make your team bid.
2) Your opponents are behind and need a DN. A good number of players will DN if it s an 11 or 12 bid all ready before they have a chance to bid. Underbidding and making it a 10 bid prevents the DN is some cases.

If it is the last hand and you are behind do whatever it takes to win or force opponents to make a mistake. If the only way to win is to get a double nil and you have already looked at your cards inflate your bid to 5, 6 or 7 to encourage your partner to double nil. You never know your opponent might just try a risky nil afraid your partner will double nil.

Etiquette:

Never set the other team on the last hand if you have the game won.

Use good manners when you play. Don't make the other team feel bad by over celebrating a super hand, the cards can soon turn and usually do. By all means congratulate your opponents and your partner on every positive play in the game. Everyone likes to play with a good sport no one wants to be the partner or opponent of a poor sport.

Just remember that if your partner’s nil gets set, more often than none it is a result of a lead or a play you made, and just as easily something that you could have avoided. Just say ‘my bad sorry partner I couldn’t help” and move on.

Play fair! Have Fun! Remember it is just a game!




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