consider the three parts of bridge
- Bidding, Play the Hand, and Defense - then probably Defense is
the most difficult. It involves signaling, counting, cooperation and
awake. There are two types of plays that should be in every Defender’s
arsenal: Forcing Defense
THE FORCING DEFENSE
is 3 .
Play the A
then K .
If partner and Declarer both follow suit then lead the Q .
If the Declarer started with a five card Heart suit he now has only 4
left, the same amount as you. When Declarer plays Hearts or Spades, you
win and play a fourth club. This is the straw that broke Declarer’s
If he ruffs the Club then he will have one less trump than you.
EXAMPLE 2. Contract is 4 . Your partner leads the J ; the K from Dummy; and you win with the A . You play the Q which Declarer ruffs. The Q is played which you duck. When the J is played next you duck again and wait. If trump is played again win it and play Diamonds. Since three rounds of trump have been played, Dummy cannot ruff a Heart. After declarer ruffs it he will have one trump left; the same as you. When you get in with the K play the fourth Diamond. If Declarer ruffs (his last trump), then your last trump is the setting trick.
Is a specific trump play by the Defenders. One of the Defenders ruffs, forcing the Declarer to over trump. (If the Declarer does not over trump he will lose the trick.) But when Declarer over trumps, a trump is promoted to a winner in the other Defender’s hand. To make this play a success the Defender has to ruff with his highest trump.
3. Contract is 4 .
The Declarer will use the bridge maxim Eight Ever, Nine Never and play
the A then
the K ,
hoping to drop your Queen. As the cards lie the Queen will fall.
But you can resort to the trump promotion play called The Uppercut.
the A .
Both your partner and Declarer follow suit. You now know that there are
no more Hearts out and the next Heart that you lead will be
Since you want partner to ruff the Heart do not lead the K
but the 2 .
Now partner has to rise to the occasion by trumping with the 10 .
For Declarer to win the trick has to over trump with the King. And now,
voila, your Q
promoted to a winner. Note that if partner was lazy and trumped
over trump with the 8
and the Ace/King of Spades will drop your Queen.
EXAMPLE 4. Contract is 4 . You are on lead. If the Declarer has the A you will not win a trump trick. The Ace/ King/ Queen of Hearts pulls all your trump. What to do? Hit the Declarer with the Uppercut. Play the A then the K (noting partner’s high/low signal indicating a doubleton). For the coup de grace, Uppercut with the 6 . Declarer has to follow suit. But partner ruffs with the lowly 4 and for the Declarer to win the trick he has to over trump with the King or Queen. Now you have a trump trick. Finis.
XXXXXXXX J 5 3
XXXXXXXX Q J 10 8 5
1. WEST DEALS. BID AND
|K 8 7 6 2|
|Q J 6 5 3|
|Q 10||J 4|
|A K 9 8||10 7|
|J 10 8 6||A 9 4 3|
|K 7 6||9 8 5 3 2|
|A 9 5 3|
|K Q 5|
|A Q J 10|
2. SOUTH DEALS. BID
AND PLAN THE PLAY.
|A 6 5 3|
|A 8 7|
|J 7 6 2|
|8 5||J 10 7 6 4|
|8||Q 10 9|
|J 10 8 6 3||2|
|A Q 10 9 4||K 8 5 3|
|A Q 9 3|
|K J 7 4 2|
|K Q 9 5|
ANSWERS to Quiz 31
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