If third hand is not careful when playing to a trick she can often give away a trick or more to the Declarer. We’ve all been taught “Third Hand High” but there are important exceptions.
Situation: Dummy Only Has Small Cards
- When dummy has small cards in the suit third hand plays __________.
- With equal high cards, play the ________ of equals. Example: with JT73 play the ________ .
- Exception: Defending against NT, holding AQx play the _________ to force Declarer to spend his _____ early.
Returning Partner’s Suit
- With 2 cards remaining, return the __________ .
- With 3 or more cards remaining return the original ________ __________ .
- Exception: If your remaining cards are a sequence, return the _________ card.
Situation: Dummy Has an Honor and Plays Low
Condition 1: You Have a Higher Honor
- If your second highest card is the 9 or higher, then play __________ high.
- If your second highest card is lower than the 9, play ___________ .
Condition 2: You have a Lower Honor
- Usually you want to play third hand _________ .
Condition 3: You Don’t Have An Honor
- If you can’t beat the dummy’s card, give ___________ .
- If you have a __________ honor and your partner leads an honor sequence then you should usually play the honor unless it will cost a trick.
- Example: Lead is the Q and you have Kx, usually you should play the __________ unless the ________ is in Dummy.
- Sometimes you duck the first trick even with AKxxx if you think your partner has fewer than _______ cards in your suit, especially if you have no outside entry.
Rule of Eleven
- If your partner leads 4th best subtract the index of that card from 11. That tells you how many cards higher than partner’s lead are in the other __________ hands.
- Example: Lead is 6, you hold QJ9, 7 is in the Dummy. You play the J and Declarer wins the K. Can Declarer have any remaining cards higher than the 6?
When Not To Play High
- If your partner can’t have an honor for you to protect you don’t need to play third hand _______ .
- Example: You hold KTxx and your partner leads the 9. Your partner has no honor to protect, so don’t play high.
- Against a suit contract if you have KJx and partner leads low play the _________ to discover who has the Queen. This assumes that your partner won’t underfed an Ace.