LESSON 35.5: SIGNALING AGAINST A NOTRUMP CONTRACT

a)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

7 6

 

West

East

 

A K J 9 5 3

8 4 2

 

South

 

Q 10

 

 
   

Notrump contract

West leads the A and North plays the six

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

On partner's lead of an ace against notrump, give count when holding no honor to unblock

b)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

6 4

 

West

East

 

K Q 10 8 5

A 7 2

 

South

 

J 9 3

 

 
   

Notrump contract

West leads the K and North plays the six

Play by East: 7 (equal honor)

On your partner's lead of a king against a notrump contract, signal an equal honor with your highest possible card; otherwise play low

c)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A 6 4

 

West

East

 

Q 10 8 5

K 7 2

 

South

 

J 9 3

 

 
   

Notrump contract

West leads the 5 and North wins his ace

Play by East: 7 (equal honor)

On your partner's lead of a low card against notrump (fourth-best) signal an honor when dummy wins the ace or the king

d)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

9 6 4

 

West

East

 

Q 10 8 5

K 7 2

 

South

 

A J 3

 

 
   

Notrump contract

West leads the 5 and North plays the four

Play by East: K

On your partner's lead of a low card against notrump (fourth-best) play high when dummy cannot win the trick

e)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q 6 4

 

West

East

 

K J 8 5

9 7 2

 

South

 

A 10 3

 

 
   

Notrump contract

West leads the 5 and North plays the queen

Play by East: 2 (odd number of cards)

On your partner's lead of a low card against notrump (fourth-best) give count when dummy wins the queen or lower

f)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K Q J 10 5 4

 

West

East

 

A 7 6

8 2

 

South

 

9 3

 

 
   

Notrump contract

South leads the 3, West plays the six and North wins the king

Play by East: 8 (even number of cards)

When declarer leads aiming to establish a solid suit in dummy (K Q J 10 x x) or a presumed solid suit in his hand, the player with the weaker hand gives count

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