Intermediate and newcomer players - sharpen your game with this series of tutorials. You can browse the index by topic, or read them in order. Learn even more at ACBL's Learn page.
We learn to count in first- and second-grade, but somehow this basic skill deserts many bridge players in the heat of battle.
West North East South
1♣ 1♦ 1♥ 1♠
2♥ 2♠ Pass 3♠
Pass 4♠ Pass Pass
West leads a low Heart and East inserts the Jack. Then East cashes the ♥A and crosses back to West’s ♥K. There’s nothing you can do about the first three tricks and now you need the rest. Where are 10 tricks coming from?