Inferences: Clues from Declarer's Play Part 1

The more you watch and think about how declarer is attacking a hand from the outset, the more you will be able to work out what they hold. If they do not start by drawing trumps, there’s a reason for that. If they cross over to dummy to play a particular suit, there’s a reason for that too. If they leave honours in dummy in another suit, it’s usually as an entry to a suit they need to cross over to. Your defensive detective skills will help you make the correct plays here.


  • If declarer holds both the A and QJ10 of a suit (in different hands), they will cross to the hand with the QJ10 and finesse against the K

  • If they don’t make the above play, you can bet they don’t have the A, so if you hold the Kx, your partner may hold the singleton A

  • Declarer may play a Q hoping you will cover this with your K

  • Don’t cover if you can count that your partner will hold only one or two cards in the suit

  • If declarer has shown five cards, and dummy also has five of that suit, and you hold two cards, realise that your partner will hold only one

Lesson Hands

Now it’s your turn to put this lesson into practice. Play each of the bridge hands and then watch the review videos for additional tips and an example on how to approach the hand.

Lesson Quiz

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