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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 • Choosing the Correct Honor Card
	Selecting from touching honors
	Exceptions to 'high from equals'
	Encouraging or discouraging a cover
	Key points
		Answers to Quiz 1
Chapter 2 • Disrupting the Defenders' Signals
	Disrupting attitude signals in notrump
	Disrupting attitude signals in a suit contract
	Using honors to encourage a continuation
	Holding up to discourage a continuation
	Disrupting count signals
	Disrupting suit preference signals
	Hiding a spot card
	Using defenders' count signals
	Deflecting a ruff
	Disrupting upside-down signals
	Key points
		Answers to Quiz 2
Chapter 3 • Feigning Strength or Weakness
	Feigning weakness to hide the location of losers
	Feigning weakness to avoid a switch
	Feigning strength to resolve a guess
	Feigning strength to encourage a switch
	Feigning length or shortness
	Key points
		Answers to Quiz 3
Chapter 4 • Creating a Losing Option
	Creating an imaginary loser
	Phantom finesses
	Slipping past an honor
	Compacting the defenders' trump tricks
	Key points
		Answers to Quiz 4
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• Deceptive Card Play3 0

After East’s preempt, you can be certain that West’s lead is a sin-
gleton. Your only chance is to drop the K♥ at Trick 1. If East takes your
king as a true card (playing his partner for ♥52 doubleton), he may be
fearful of continuing the suit, since he might be setting up dummy’s jack
for a discard.

When you hold three cards in the suit led, you must consider your
play carefully. You must choose a card that leaves your left-hand oppo-
nent with a plausible holding.

Hearts are a side suit in a trump contract, and West leads the ten to
his partner’s queen. Which card should you play from the South hand
to prevent the impending ruff?

You should play the jack, leaving open the possibility that West
began with ♥1094 and that your jack is singleton. If instead you follow
with the nine or the four, East will know that you hold at least two
hearts, and he will probably cash the ace next. West will show out and
East will deliver the killing ruff.

Try the next position yourself. Which card would you play from
hand to deflect a possible ruff?

West leads the ♣A against your spade contract. It makes no dif-
ference to you whether East’s four is a singleton or from 4-2 doubleton.
Either way, the defenders have a ruff to take. Furthermore, the position
will be clear to West as soon as he cashes his king. You must therefore
find a way to prevent him from doing so.

♥ J 8 4 3

♥ 5 ♥ A Q 10 9 7 6

♥ K 2

♥ K 7 5 3

♥ 10 ♥ A Q 8 6 2

♥ J 9 4

♣ J 9 5 3

♣ A K 10 7 2 ♣ 4

♣ Q 8 6










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Chapter 2 - Disrupting the Defenders’ Signals • 3 1

Your only chance is to play the queen under the ace at Trick 1. If
the suit is distributed as shown, then West may take your queen at face
value and switch, playing his partner for ♣864.

Even if East actually began with ♣42, West may be persuaded to
switch. He will know that something is afoot, since the two is missing.
Might not the layout be something like:

Here when West leads the ace, you may be able to encourage a con-
tinuation by playing the queen. Thinking that his partner’s four was the
start of a high-low with a doubleton, West may continue with the king.
Only when dummy’s jack is set up for a discard, will he switch his line
of attack. By then, it may be too late.

If you consistently play the same card from numerous different
holdings (in this case ♣Q singleton, ♣Q2 doubleton and ♣Q86) you
will make life much tougher for the defense. They will not always do
the right thing.

Sometimes the card played from dummy will aid the deception:

You hope to convince East that his partner has led from the queen,
so put in the jack from dummy. Contribute the eight from hand and East
will place his partner with Q-5-2. A continuation into dummy’s tenace
will not look very attractive.

Disrupting upside-down signals

Until now, we have assumed that the defenders were playing standard
attitude and count signals. It tournament play, at any rate, you will
encounter defenders would play their signals the other way round (low
to encourage or to show an even number of cards, high to show the
opposite). As declarer against such opponents, you must follow the
same method!

♣ J 9 5 3

♣ A K 10 7 ♣ 8 6 4

♣ Q 2

♣ K J 7 3

♣ 2 ♣ A 10 9 6 4

♣ Q 8 5







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Chapter 4 - Creating a Losing Option • 5 9


A. Play the two to the ace, then lead a low heart from dummy. If East
has ♥Kxxx he may decide that you hold a singleton and withhold his
king. Your jack will score and you can later take a ruffing finesse
against East’s king.

B. Start by leading a low club from dummy. If East has the ♣A, you
will not be able to keep him out. When he holds ♣Qx, however, he
will almost certainly follow low on the first round of the suit. He will
expect you to hold the ace and finesse into his queen on the way
back. If West wins the first round of clubs with the ace, you will next
play to the king, trying to drop the queen from the East hand.

C. Play the jack from dummy at Trick 1, and hope that East can cover
with the queen. When you win with the ace you may then persuade
West that his partner holds the king. When you win with the king on
the second round, the defenders may think that they have a third-
round spade trick to cash.

D. Play low to the queen. Since his partner might hold a second trick in
the suit, East is unlikely to hold up the king. If instead you run the
jack or play ace and another diamond, East will know that you also
hold the jack. He may make life awkward by holding up his king.

To Questions

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The Bridge Technique Series is designed to take the reader
through the most important aspects of card-play technique at
bridge. Each book of the series focuses on a different topic, and
wherever possible the tactics and strategy are considered from the
point of view of both declarer and defenders.

During the play of the hand, declarer and defenders both have
opportunities to use the cards they play to conceal their exact
holdings from the opposition. It is possible to disrupt defenders’
signaling, to mislead the opponents about strength or weakness in
a suit, and even to persuade the defense to give you information.

DAVID BIRD has written more than forty previous books, including the

well-known ‘St Titus Abbey’ series, and several co-authored with

Terence Reese. He writes two newspaper columns in the UK, and his

work appears regularly in numerous bridge magazines in the UK and

the US.

MARC SMITH’s previous books include Countdown to Winning
Bridge (1999, with Tim Bourke) and 25 Bridge Conventions You
Should Know (1999 American Bridge Teachers Association Book of
the Year, with Barbara Seagram). He is a regular contributor to a
number of bridge magazines.

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