~Odd-Even Discards


S AQ542
H K65
D K65
C K654
S 65
H AQ43
D QT82
C T43

The opponents are playing a 4S contract. Partner leads a small spade at trick one and declarer plays three rounds of trumps. On the third round of trumps, you have the opportunity to signal partner for a heart lead. What is your play at trick three? Playing Standard Discards, you cannot discard a high heart without discarding the heart Q and giving up a heart trick–bummer! You could try a low club or a low diamond, stating that you want another suit led, and partner’s choice is narrowed to hearts or the other major. Maybe, partner will make the right choice and you set the contract; or, maybe partner makes the wrong choice and declarer sets up the diamond suit for two heart discards and makes the contract. With Standard discards, you often do not have the right cards with which to send a clear signal. Let’s look at Odd-Even Discards. Playing odd-even discards, an odd card (3, 5, 7,or 9) says, “lead this suit.” A low, even card (2, 4) says, “do not lead this suit; lead the lowest-ranking side-suit.” Conversely, the discard of a high, even card says, “do not lead this suit. Lead the highest side-suit.” With so many options, you seldom are at a loss for a clear lead signal. Look at the above hand. Once you are out of trumps, you can signal for hearts by playing the 3 of hearts (odd–I like it), the T or 8 of diamonds (even, high–switch to the highest ranking side suit–hearts), or the T of clubs (even, high–switch to the highest ranking side suit–hearts). Note what the play of the various cards would mean at this point:
~The 4 of hearts–switch to clubs
~The 3 of hearts–lead hearts
~The 2 of diamonds–switch to clubs
~The 4 of clubs–switch to diamonds
~The 3 of clubs–lead clubs
~The T of clubs–switch to hearts
~The T or 8 of diamonds–switch to hearts

You’ll like the flexibility of Odd-Even discards!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: