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Here if partner leads the tA vs a 4´ contract usually

promising the king remember - then the

play of the queen should not be a suit preference

signal - it simply tells partner of the Q J or Q J 10.

Signalling in the Trump Suit

Most expert partnerships now use suit preference

signals when following with their seemingly

innocuous trump pips.

The idea is NOT to use these signals as

'commands' to play a specified suit, but more to let

partner know where their side-suit values lie. This

can often be crucial to defence.

Once again a high-low signal is showing values in

the higher-ranking remaining suit whereas lowhigh

shows values in the lowest remaining suit or is

neutral. Remember you often have no side-suit

values so play a neutral signal.

Even if you choose to lead trumps the principle

can be applied. With ™8-7-2 in trumps, lead the ™2

with club values or the ™8 with spade values.

To summarise

It is amazing the amount of information that

can be exchanged between two defenders.

Using all the defensive methods - attitude,

count and suit preference - correctly and

more importantly at the correct time will

improve your results instantly and

immeasurably!

Next time - we will explore a new aspect of

Advanced Defence - Second player plays low,

or do they? r

CLUB PLAYER'S

BIDDING QUIZ

ON each of the following problems, you are

West. What should you bid with each hand on

the given auction at Pairs, Love All?

Julian Pottage gives his answers on

page 62.

WNE S

?

WNE S

3™

?

WNE S

1® Pass 1t Pass

1™ Pass 3NT Pass

?

WNE S

1t Pass 1´ Pass

2t Pass 2™ Pass

?

WNE S

1t 1´

?

WNE S

1™ 2® 2´ 4®

?

Hand 1

´ 9 8 6 3

™ A 8 7

t A 6

® A 7 6 5

Hand 2

´ 6 4

™ K Q 9 7

t A 10

® A K Q J 7

Hand 3

´ Void

™ J 8 5 4 2

t J 3

® A K Q 8 6 3

Hand 4

´ K 9

™ J 10 9

t K Q 8 6 5 3

® A 5

Hand 5

´ K Q 6

™ Q 8

t 10 8 7

® 10 6 5 4 2

Hand 6

´ A 4

™ K Q 9 8 7 5 3

t A 8 2

® 5

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