LESSON 32.4: DEFENSE AGAINST DECLARER OR DUMMY LEADING HIGH

a)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

J 6 5

 

West

East

 

K 9 3

Q 8 2

 

South

 

A 10 7 4

 

 
   

Play by East on the lead of the J

Q

Against the lead of an honor, cover with a non-master honor only when expecting to promote a lower-ranking card (the decision largely depends on partner's or declarer's presumed length in the suit)

b)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A 6 5

 

West

East

 

K 9 2

10 8 3

 

South

 

Q J 7 4

 

 
   

Play by West on the lead of the Q

2

On the lead of a queen or a jack, assume declarer holds the lower-ranking consecutive honor; cover with a non-master honor only the second equal honor played by the declarer

c)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q J 6

 

West

East

 

8 7 3

K 9 2

 

South

 

A 10 5 4

 

 
   

Play by East on the lead of the Q

2

Cover only the last consecutive equal honor played from dummy

d)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q J 9

 

West

East

 

10 8 3

K 6

 

South

 

A 7 5 4 2

 

 
   

Play by East on the lead of the Q (trumps)

6

It is seldom profitable to cover an honor in the trump suit

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