# Basic Hand

With the Bridge, the concept of basic hand is used to work out the plans of play of the informant in the contracts with the asset.

The basic hand is the hand in which one will count the basic liftings, number from which one obtains the number of liftings to go to seek in the secondary hand.

The two principal techniques exploiting the secondary hand are:

• cuts of the secondary hand (known as generally cuts of the short hand ),

• the stamping from a secondary color.

One chooses in theory for basic hand the hand comprising the biggest length of asset, except precisely when one plays in Mort reversed.

## Example

South plays the contract of 4, on starts of the King of.

The basic hand is that of bottom, long with the asset. One counts 4 liftings of honor there (has, AR, A), plus two liftings length to the asset, as soon as the unfavourable assets are distributed 3-2. In the secondary hand, one counts 2 liftings of honor (R and A). A total of 8 liftings is obtained; it is thus necessary to find 2 others of them to make the contract.

They will come from the cut of 2 small spades with the assets of the short hand.

The blow is thus planned as follows:

1. R taken of the Ace

2. 2 for the King
3. 6 for the Ace
4. 3 half-compartment of the 7
5. 3 half-compartment of the 2
6. 8 half-compartment of the 8
7. has
8. 3 half-compartment of the 9
9. R
10. A. If has is crossed, one will make the last small asset. 10 liftings. Provided the unfavourable assets are well distributed 3-2.

The plan of play above is typically a plan known as of double-cut . It will be noted that the cuts of the long hand do not add liftings; they have only one communication function.

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