LESSON 23.4: ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUIT

a) First establish the suit promising the greater number of tricks; never try to establish a suit where the opponents hold more cards than you do

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K 7 5
A 8 6
A 10 2
Q 9 8 4

 

West

East

 

S ?
?
?
?

S ?
?
?
?

 

South

 

A J
K Q 5 3
K 9 5
J 10 6 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
Pass

Pass
Pass

3NT
Pass

Pass
 

 

West leads the 2. Declarer counts eight sure winners: 3 spades, 3 hearts and 2 diamonds.

Declarer should establish his 9th trick in clubs, the suit promising the greater number of tricks

b) Hold up your honor cards as long as possible in a suit where the opponents have more cards than you do (avoid giving up control of a suit without a valid reason)

see Lesson 24.4 Holdup play



c) Induce the opponents to play their honor cards first or try to capture them with finesses rather than playing your own honor cards

see Lesson 24.2 Finesses

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