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or how to be a
to discourage, high-low with an even you do, but only if East is not ruffing the
Brian Senior number, upwards with an odd number, suit. There is no need to convince West to
declarer follows suit in exactly the same continue spades, indeed, that is the last
manner. thing that you want; many players would
GOOD technique can take you a long way false card with the four or five of spades,
as declarer but many more contracts can be but all that does is to conceal the spade
successful if you can add an extra dimen- (i) ♠ 7 4 2 (ii) ♠Q86 two and make West think his partner has
sion to your play, making yourself difficult W
started an encouraging signal. Better to
to play against by concealing what is going follow with the two and hope to get lucky.
on from the defence whenever possible. ♠Q83 ♠ 10 5 4 2 In example (iii) West, who overcalled
If you always win a trick as cheaply as 1♠, leads the ace of spades and East follows
possible, always follow with your smallest with the two. Declarer can see that East has
spot card, and always play your highest a singleton spade as he would normally
honour when you want to knock out a (iii) ♠ J 8 3 (iv) ♠K73 encourage with a doubleton – but West
higher one, you are very easy to play W
doesn't know what declarer knows. Declarer
against – however good your technique. should drop the queen and West may
What declarer needs to remember is that ♠ Q 10 5 ♠ Q J 10 believe that it is he who has the singleton, in
he has the advantage of seeing the which case attempting to cash the king of
complete assets of his side, both his own spades next would establish dummy's jack
hand and dummy, while the opposition West leads the ace of spades against as a trick. If declarer plays low at trick one,
are in a less comfortable position, each combination (i). Declarer can see that he West can always afford to continue the suit,
seeing only half their side's assets. What is not going to make a spade trick unless as East either has the queen or can ruff the
may be clear to you may not be so to the the defence makes an error, as surely the third round.
defenders and if you can put yourself in lead indicates that the ace and king are In example (iv) it is East who has over-
their shoes there will be many oppor- both sitting over the queen. The only hope called 1♠ and West leads the two of spades.
tunities to play upon their doubts and is that West continues with a second spade Declarer plays low from dummy and East
incomplete knowledge. at trick two and that will only happen if he wins the ace. There is only one card declarer
It always pays to check what signals your believes that East has encouraged a conti- can play which gives him a chance of
opponents are using, that way you may be nuation. Signalling, just as if he were a avoiding a spade ruff, and that is the jack.
in a position to muddy their commu- defender, declarer follows with the eight. If Why? Declarer can see that the two of
nications. If declarer wishes to attract a West believes his partner to hold the ♠3, spades is a singleton, but East does not yet
continuation or persuade the defence to he will also believe that East has invited have that information. Suppose declarer
switch to a different suit, one way is to him to continue with another spade. follows with the ten, will East believe that
'signal' just as though he was a defender. In example (ii), West again leads the ace his partner has led the two from ♠Q-J-2?
Assuming that the defence is playing of spades. If West also holds the king, He will not, as the queen would be the
traditional signals, high to encourage, low dummy's queen will be a trick whatever normal lead from that holding. And if de-
clarer follows with the queen? Again, East
will not be fooled. That would leave West
with ♠J-10-2 and he would lead the jack.
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leaves West with ♠Q-10-2, and that is
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