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Defense -- Third-Hand Play

THIRD-HAND PLAY

When playing 3rd to a trick on defense, the general rule is "Third-Hand High." So, if partner leads low, and dummy plays low (from 762), you put up your king with, say, K94.  But, there are exceptions:

1) With touching cards, play the cheapest you can afford. Partner leads low, dummy plays low and you should insert the Q from KQxx, the 10 from QJ10, the K from AKx, etc.

2) If partner (or dummy) is winning the trick, you won't waste a high card. But, you should signal your attitude. Playing standard signals, the 2 (low card) would say you don't like it and the 10 (high card) would say you do.

3) If dummy has the king, queen, or jack and you have the card that is one or two higher than dummy's, save your high one to capture dummy's high one. So, partner leads low and dummy has Qxx.  If dummy's queen is played, cover. If dummy plays low, insert the 10 with K10x.

More detail in Larry Teaches Defense.

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Partner leads the 10 and dummy plays the 6. What do you (East) play?

 A76 10 KQ84
Choose One:

4

8

Q

K

Partner leads the 2 and dummy plays the 3. What do you (East) play?

 K93 2 A108
Choose One:

8

10

A

Partner leads the 2 and dummy plays the A. What do you (East) play?

 AJ7 2 KQ1093
Choose One:

3

9

10

Q

K

Partner leads the 2 and dummy plays the3. What do you (East) play?

 J63 2 K1094
Choose One:

4

9

10

K

Partner leads the J and dummy plays the3. What do you (East) play?

 Q83 J A92
Choose One:

2

9

A

You are East.

The auction is:

WestNorthEastSouth
1
1  2  DBL*  4
All Pass

Partner leads the K. Dummy comes down:

What is your play at trick 1?

 Vul:NoneDlr: South 8762 Q74 AKQ 763 A95 987 95432 82

Choose One:

A

9

5