LESSON 1.6: QUICK TRICKS (OR DEFENSIVE TRICKS)

a) Quick tricks (or defensive tricks) are card combinations that may be expected to win one or more trick when an opponent becomes declarer

When defending against a suit contract, expected quick tricks should be limited to a maximum of two tricks in each suit (except the trump suit)

b) Estimation of expected quick tricks


          

A K = 2 tricks A Q = 1 trick and a half Ace = 1 trick K Q = 1 trick K x = half a trick

  A Q J 5 2    1 1/2 QT       A K 10 9   2 QT      K Q   1 QT      3 2   0 QT

Total 4 1/2 Quick tricks


          

A K 2 QT A 7 6 2 1 QT A Q J 9 1 1/2 QT A J 10 1 QT


          

Total 5 1/2 Quick tricks


          

Q J 7 0 QT J 10 9 4 0 QT K 3 1/2 QT K Q 9 8 1 QT


          

Total 1 1/2 uick tricks


        
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