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Lavinthal - A discard system which uses the rank of the card signal suit preference.  Assume opponents are running a long suit; when partner cannot follow to the suit, the first discard in an unwanted signifies suit preference.  A low card shows preference for a low suit (other than the played suit of the signal card), while a high card asks partner to lead a high non-played suit when possible. 

Example: Opponents' are running a long Heart suit; on the first discard, the player may pitch to show suit preference:

Discard

Suit Preference

C2 - low

Diamonds - low suit

C8 - high

Spades - high suit

D3 - low

Clubs - low suit

D9 - high

Spades - high suit

S2 - low

Clubs - low suit

S8 - high

Diamonds - high suit

Any 5-7

Not defined (typically cannot say or no preference)

Some players prefer the Odd-Even Discard system over Lavinthal, citing more robust carding to indicate suit preference, or lack therein.

A minority of players use Revolving Lavinthal, which wraps around the Spade-Club relationship.

Also see Details on signaling and books on Signals
 

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