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Rule of 7 - When playing a Notrump contract with losers in opponents' suit and insufficient quick tricks to guarantee the contract, considering the Rule of 7 is useful to disrupt communications between opponents.

To determine the number of holdbacks before winning the trick, subtract your side's combined cards from 7:

Rule of 7 Combined cards in long suit Holdback =
7 - combined cards
7 4 (as 3 + 1)

7 - 4 = 3 times

7 5 (as 3 + 2)

7 - 5 = 2 times

7 6 (as 4 + 2)

7 - 6 = once

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Of course, the Rule of 7 should not be used when the declarer can maximize tricks by immediately taking winners (quick tricks, avoiding suicide squeeze, dangerous opponent marked with cards, etc).

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