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Picking the right discard is often difficult. One of the most important things to do is to signal your partner as clearly as possible, but try to make sure that you never signal with a trick. You and your partner should both be looking at the first discard—it’s often the easiest to make and should carry the most information. Later discards can be more difficult as you want to avoid throwing away a card that might be critical. Keeping length with dummy is generally a good strategy, but keep in mind that you may also be guarding a long suit that declarer holds.
 
See how well you fare at conveying information to partner on the following deals. We will be using Standard carding, though players may use other methods. 

You are East. 

WestNorthEast (You)South
   2♠  Pass  3NT
 All Pass      

Partner leads the ♠5 and you play the 10, won by declarer with the A. Declarer now plays the ♠A and two more rounds of diamonds (partner's first discard was the ♠8). 

 

DUMMY

♠ 54
♥ 43
♦ KQJ762
♣ Q62

 
 

YOU

♠ 962
♥ J102
♦ 984
♣ AJ104

How do you plan to start your discards?

Choose One:

♠2

 

♠2

♠J

♠4

♠J

You are East. 

WestNorthEastSouth
       2NT
 Pass  4♠  Pass  4♠
All Pass      

 

Partner leads the ♠3 (low from xxx or xxxx) and you play the 10, declarer winning the A. Declarer now plays the ♠K from hand, low to the ♠A and then the ♠Q. What should you discard?

Vul:
Dir:
♠ 872
♥ AQJ863
♦ 86
♣ 972
 
♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
  ♠ KQJ10
♥ 54
♦ Q7532
♣ 63
  ♠ 
♥ 
♦ 
♣ 
 
Choose One:

♠3

♠2

♠7

♠J

♠K

WestNorthEast (YOU)South
       1NT
Pass 3NT All Pass  

Partner leads the ♠A, K and Q, with everyone following. Now partner leads the ♠3 and dummy pitches the ♠4. What do you discard?

 

DUMMY

♠ 642
♥ 94
♦ AJ76
♣ KQ52

 
 

YOU

♠ 753
♥ J752
♦ 98
♣ J1063

 

 

 

Choose One:

♠2

♠5

♠8

♠3

♠J

WestNorthEast (You)South
   1♠  Pass  1♠
 Pass  2♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

 

DUMMY

♠ KJ42
♥ A7
♦ KJ954
♣ 87

 
 

YOU

♠ 53
♥ K9843
♦ 10763
♣ 92


Partner leads a trump. Declarer now plays two more rounds of trump. What is your discard?

Choose One:

♠3

♠8

♠9

♠3

♠2

WestNorthEast (You)South
       1♠
 Pass  3♠  Pass  4♠
 All Pass      

Partner leads the ♠K and declarer wins the ♠A and plays two rounds of trump. What is your discard?

DUMMY

♠ A875
♥ 864
♦ A10
♣ K983

 
 

YOU

♠ 4
♥ 972
♦ KQJ93
♣ 10542

Choose One:

♠2

♠9

♠J

♠K

♠2