LESSON 34.3: COUNT SIGNAL

a) The count signal is used to show the number of cards held in a suit being led

b)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K Q J 9 7 2

 

West

East

 

A 10 5

8 3

 

South

 

6 4

 

 
   

South leads the 6, West plays the five and North the jack.

Play by East: 8 (count: even number of cards)

A relatively high card shows an even number of cards in a suit being led

c)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K Q J 9 7

 

West

East

 

A 10 5

8 3 2

 

South

 

6 4

 

 
   

South leads the 6, West plays the five and North the jack.

Play by East: 2 (count: odd number of cards)

A relatively low card shows an odd number of cards in a suit being led

d) Count is given by playing high-low from two cards, low from three or five cards and second-high followed with third-high from four cards

  with 7 3, play the 7 then the 3
  
  with 7 5 3, play the 3 then the 5
  
  with 9 7 5 3, play the 7 then the 5
  
  with 9 7 5 3 2, play the 2 then the 3
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