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Unit Game Director: Marie Nimmrich 626 448-3304
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WebMaster: Roy Wilson 626 340-9575
Unit President: Sandra Franciscus 626 298-4770
San Marino Bridge Club: Marie Nimmrich 626 448-3304
626-434-5222 - Cell
Arcadia Bridge Center: Art and Diane Gulbrandsen 626 445-3797
Unit Game Winners
Congratulations to the winners of our unit game! Robert Shore and Bruce Altshuler had a nice
score to top the field of 20 tables.
Which is Better?
What do you lead from an Ace-King combination on the opening lead? Many partnerships will lead the ace while others
choose the king. Some also have the agreement to reverse that understanding when they hold a doubleton.
But is there a better way?
A popular method in some parts of Europe is to show the Parity of the suit which is led. (Look up the word parity
if you like, but essentially it is used here to determine whether the leader has an odd or an even number of cards in the
suit being led.) A parity lead is an agreement to lead the ace with an even number of cards in the suit but
king with an odd number. Why? How does that help? Well, every possible bridge hand will hold either
three suits that are odd in number with one even, or it will have three suits with an even number of cards in them while the
remaining suit has an odd number.
If the lead tells you that partner has an odd number in the suit he is leading,
and you see an odd number in the dummy, then you can tell the parity of declarer's hand by how many you have in that
suit. (If you also have an odd number then declarer must have an even number.) So... if declarer drops the
queen on the opening lead is that a false card? If you use this agreement you will find you can more quickly
determine the distribution of declarer's hand, which is a big help on defense.
A corollary is to agree that when your partner uses a parity lead you should give him a count card and not an attitude
signal. A count signal will tell your partner the same information you have about declarer's distribution.
(And... not mathematically true, but for bridge purposes zero is an even number.)
If you are interested in reading more on advanced defensive plays, try Defensive Plays in Bridge and New Ideas in
Defensive Play - both books are by Helge Vinje, a leading Scandinavian bridge theorist and player. His ideas
led to the popular system of Journalists Leads back in 1963.
Also, if you click on the Information Links below and then the link to Advanced Defensive Signaling you will
find more ideas.
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