LESSON 35.7: SIGNALING WITH AN HONOR

a)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q J 10 5
Q 7 6 5
K 6
Q 5 4

 

West

East

 

K 3 2
10 8 4 3
7 2
A 9 7 3

9 8 4
A 2
Q J 10 9 8 4
8 2

 

South

 

A 7 6
K J 9
A 5 3
K J 10 6

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1NT
2NT
Pass

Pass
Pass
Pass

2
3NT
 

2
Pass
 

 

Contract 3NT by South


West leads the 7

North plays the six, East follows with the eight and South wins the ace. South continues with the 6

Play by East: A (then the 2)

When trying to establish a suit against a notrump contract, the player who is shorter in the suit should play his master cards first in order to protect his partner's entries

b)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

A 6

 

West

East

 

4 2

Q J 10 953

 

South

 

K 8 7

 

 
   

West leads the 4 and North wins the ace

Play by East: Q (showing the J and denying the K) When declarer wins a trick and partner follows with an unnecessary high card, assume that he holds the lower-ranking honor but none of the higher-ranking honors

c)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

Q J 10 5
10 5 2
Q J 5
Q 5 4

 

West

East

 

3 2
A K 8 7 4
7 2
9 7 6 3

9 8 4
Q J 3
K 10 9 8 4
8 2

 

South

 

A K 7 6
9 6
A 6 3
A K J 10

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
4

1
Pass

1
Pass

2
Pass

 

Contract 4 by South

West leads the K and North plays the two

Play by East: Q (showing the jack)

The play of the queen under partner's king promises the jack when you have raised the suit during the auction; otherwise, it may show a singleton or a doubleton (Q x) if the jack is in dummy

d)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

K 10 7 5
Q J 2
A J 5
J 5 4

 

West

East

 

3 2
A K 8 7 4
8 7 2
9 7 6

9 8 4
9 3
K 10 9 4 3
8 3 2

 

South

 

A Q J 6
10 6 5
Q 6
A K Q 10

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

1
4

1
Pass

1
Pass

Pass
Pass

 

Contract 4 by South

West leads the K and North plays the two

Play by East: 9 (doubleton)

The play of a high dotted card (6-9) on partner's lead of an honor in a suit not raised during the auction shows a doubleton or an equal honor (the possibility of giving adequate signals is often limited by the cards you hold; the play of a four or a five will sometimes be intended as positive a signal when part of small doubletons like 5-2 or 4-3)

e)

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

9 5 2

 

West

East

 

A J 10 3

Q 7 4

 

South

 

K 8 6

 

 
   

When on lead for the last time, consider playing the honor from 10 x x, J x x or Q x x when right-hand opponent is showing only x x (x)

East must play his Q

The play of a low card would promise the king or the ace



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