The defenders’ plan for developing extra tricks will be helped by thinking carefully about why partner and declarer are playing certain cards.Read More
As defenders, try to be “on the same page” when you make discards, because declarer will make life hard for you by playing their long suits, and hoping you’ll discard a potential winner for your side.Read More
This lesson focuses is on when it makes sense to cover an honour with your honour, and when it does not. The cards you hold, those you can see in dummy, and remembering the bidding, are your clues.Read More
Sometimes it’s better not to play your highest card to win a trick when you are the first of the defenders.
The saying “second player plays low” applies here. You want declarer to contribute a high card and your partner to play an even higher one, if possible, to win the trick.
When partner leads, and neither that card, nor dummy's, is winning the trick, you, as the defender in third seat, need to try to win. This is called "third hand high" but you don't always play the biggest card you have. What you play depends on what you see in dummy, and exactly what cards you hold.Read More