Inferences: Clues from Declarer's Play Part 2

Every play declarer makes has some bearing on his hand. Defenders need to make inferences about declarer’s distribution from the bidding, about trump length, and whether there will be singletons or voids.


  • When declarer, in a trump suit, does not bother to trump losers in dummy’s short suit, he either has no losers, or no cards in that suit

  • If there’s a strong suit in dummy, missing the K (eg AQJ10xx) and declarer does not touch that suit, you can assume he has the K…

  • If he didn’t have the K, he would have played on that suit early

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

  • You’ll know this by working out from the bidding how many cards declarer holds in that suit

  • If there’s no benefit to be had for your side in covering, then don’t

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.

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