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Odd-Even Discard (Roman Discards) - A discard system which uses the parity (odd/even) and 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.  An odd card shows preference to the suit discarded; an high even card asks partner to lead the higher non-played suit, while a low even card requests the lower non-played suit.

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

Discard

Suit Preference

D3 - suit

Diamonds

S5 - suit

Spades

C7 - suit

Clubs

D4 - low

Clubs

S8 - high

Diamonds

C2 - low

Diamonds

Any 6

Not defined (cannot say or no preference)

Honor

Not defined (cannot say or no preference)

Also see and Details on signaling and books on Signals

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