Learn to play Bridge
Playing: Lesson 9
Scoring Extra tricks with trumps
The techniques you have learnt so far still hold good. Having a trump suit brings extra options into the play.
Using a trump on another suit is often referred to as 'ruffing' or trumping. Remember though you have to follow suit if you can
Contract : Four Spades
In the above deal you have all the high cards,except the Ace of hearts.
On the surface it looks like a slam rather than only four spades.
Lets have a look at the full deal
On any other lead the contract makes as you have control and can play 3 rounds of trumps removing all the opponents cards in spades.
If this happens to you congratulate your opponents for being so clever, you can not win them all.
When planning the play of a trump contract
Consider playing trumps to remove the danger of opponents getting extra tricks.
But also consider if you can make extra tricks yourself before leading trumps.
Contract : Three Spades
You have 8 spades between the hands so on normal distribution (3-2) you can remove all the opponents cards in 3 rounds.
But we can only count 7 tricks and we need 9.
Look at the singleton heart in dummy's hand. You only have 4 cards in the suit meaning that the opponents have 9 between them, possibly 5-4 or even 6-3.
These hand allow you to practice 'trump' play
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