Running a Suit

  • Count trump and count any other long suit!!!
  • Use ducking or finesse if missing HCP
  • Use trump to take other HCPs
    • Play small cards from your long hand which will force your opponents to play high cards from their hands that you can trump.  Then play your higher cards in your long hand and you can slough off losers in your opposite hand and instead of trumping.

Before you play that first suit card, consider the situation of an opponent nill or n/1 split situation.  Can the card be played so that you can finesse the missing cards?   Playing low towards the high cards for every trick may not be the best play.

Consider this hand:

North
K842
West
East
JT73
South
AQ964

If West had high suit card, not playing the King first could loose you a trick because you could not finesse it.

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