Learn to play Bridge
Playing: Lesson 2
Avoiding Blocking a suit
You can count your winners but on occasion it is important to play the cards in the right order to ensure you make the contract.
A blockage occurs when you find yourself unable to lead from the current hand to the top tricks in the other hand.
North hand :
If you start with the Ace from north and the Four from south. Then your second lead will be the Two taken by the King in south.
You now have no more spades in the south hand to return to the Queen. You are 'blocked'.
There is a simple technique to avoid this.
Note the suit has two parts the longer length (4 cards) is in the north hand and the shorter length (2 cards) in the south hand.
Play the high card from the shorter length first, in the example above start with the king from the south hand.
This does not mean you have to start the lead from the shorter length. You can lead the king to start if you are in the south hand or you can lead the 2 if you are in the north hand.
In the following examples the first high card is displayed in bold text.
These hand allow you to practice your technique to avoid blocking
The hand to play is marked by an arrow image -
When you are ready click the 'start play' button.
© Mary Vale 2009
Learn to play bridge