Learn to play Bridge
Playing: Lesson 6
There are times when you have a suit which will yield extra tricks but could be blocked with no outside entries.
North hand :
You have a good holding in spades, eight of the thirteen available that only leaves five cards missing in the suit.
If these are distributed between east and west they could be 2-3, 4-1 or 5-0.
You have to lose a trick even with a 3-2 distribution. This would allow you to make 4 of the tricks if you can keep communication between the hands.
Playing the Ace, King and Queen will leave you with the eight as your highest card. but you will lose to the opposition.
If you choose to lose the first round rather than the third you are in control when all the opposition cards have gone.
Note there will be times when the distribution is 4-1 and you need to duck the first two tricks in order to make three tricks.
If the distribution is 5-0 then mostly it is a lost cause, but this only happens in less then 5% of the time.
With the following combination you must lose two tricks since you only have the Ace. But after three rounds you will be left with two small cards which are winners.
These hand allow you to practice 'ducking'.
Don't forget all the other techniques as they may apply as well.
Click the card you want to play when the arrow is showing.
© Mary Vale 2009
Learn to play bridge