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WE HAVE concentrated so far on defensive

techniques which very much rely on both members

of the partnership being in tune:

Smith Peters

Suit preference signals

Advanced leads (vs suits and no trumps)

All of these require partnership work and

understandings. Our next couple of articles will

focus much more on the individual defender

developing and sharpening their own personal skills

and techniques.

THIRD PLAYER PLAYS HIGH - SECOND

PLAYER PLAYS LOW

First I must emphasise that these are guidelines

for defenders to use - certainly not for declarers. A

declarer can see all 26 of his prized assets whereas a

defender only gets to see his hand and the dummy -

half of each side's assets and hence needs guidelines

to help.

Paul Bowyer did a fine article on 'covering an

honour with an honour' so we will not attempt to

cover this ground again.

Instead we will look at one or two examples of

when to flout the 'second player plays low'

approach. SPLITTING YOUR HONOURS

Here is a nice easy example to demonstrate the

principle. If declarer leads low from the South hand

towards the A-J-x in North, West should insert an

honour to prevent NS winning two cheap tricks

without losing one. This is known as splitting your

honours. The technique I recommend is as follows

l With two touching cards (K-Q-x or Q-J-x etc)

play the lower honour first.

l With three or more touching honour cards,

play the highest honour.

l Agree this within your partnership.

IN NO TRUMPS WITH NO ENTRIES INTO

DUMMY

l If West woodenly plays low, then the 10 will be

played from North. Now, if East ducks to cut

communication, NS will win two tricks. If East

wins, NS will be in a position to win four - yes

four tricks in the suit if South is brave enough

to repeat the finesse

l But, if West plays high with the queen, and

South ducks and repeats the finesse later then

NS will score zero tricks in the suit. If South

plays the ace on West's queen, NS will win only

one trick.

The principle is to attempt to sever the

communication between the North and South

hands. Try it and see! It also works with West

holding the king and East the queen.

FOOLING DECLARER

A good declarer knows the correct way to handle

this suit combination - low to the nine, not the jack

on the first round - since K-10-x or Q-10-x is twice

as likely with West than K-Q-x.

However, if West is well versed in this situation,

he should play high and insert the queen on the first

round. North will win with the ace, cross back to

South and play up to the North hand again:

Second player plays low - or do they?

by Neil Rosen

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