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How to Turn Small Cards into Winning Bridge Tricks

In bridge, deuces (and other small cards, for that matter) can take tricks for you when you have seven cards or more in a suit between the two hands. You may then have the length to outlast all your opponents’ cards in the suit.

This example shows a hand where this incredible feat of staying power takes place:

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You choose to attack spades in this hand. Because the ♠AKQ in the dummy are all equals, the suit can be started from either your hand or the dummy. Pretend that the lead is in your hand:

  1. You begin by leading a low spade, the ♠3, to the ♠Q in the dummy, and both opponents follow suit.

  2. With the lead in the dummy, you continue by leading the ♠K, and then the ♠A from the dummy.

    The opponents both started with three spades, meaning that they now have no more spades. That ♠2 in the dummy is a winning trick. The frog has turned into a prince.

Whenever you have four cards in a suit in one hand and three in the other, and your opponents have the other six cards in the suit divided three in each hand, you’re destined to take a trick with any small card attached to your four-card suit.

Don’t expect that fourth card can turn into a trick every time, though. Your opponents’ six cards may not be divided 3-3 after all. They may be divided 4-2, as you see in this hand:

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When you play the ♠AKQ, East turns up with four spades, so your ♠2 won’t be a trick. After you play the ♠AKQ, East remains with the ♠J, a higher spade than your ♠2. Live with it.

Bridge is a game of strategy and luck. When it comes to taking tricks with small cards, you just have to hope that chance is on your side.

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