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:


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:


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.