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Bridge defenders show attitude


In signaling for a return from partner what is considered a high card (high encourages we like the suit)?

Well, this is one of those "it depends" topics. A determination of what is a "high" card varies depending on several factors:

1. The suit rankings in your hand.

If you hold:

Q J 6 5 4 3

And Dummy tables:

8 7 2

Then your partner's 8 is likely discouraging.

2. The values in the Dummy - see above

3. Inferences in the bidding - if you and partner bid a suit, your side obviously has a wider range of cards to signal in that suit. There are numerous variations of this theme.

4. Whether the auction is in a suit or Notrump - it should be
obvious that if opponents are in a major suit game or slam,
your side can afford to discard a higher card to signal than
if the opponents are in a 1 Notrump contract.

5. Inferences during play, as opening lead, declarer and defender play, etc

Let's assume none of the above mattered.  In that situation, the
5, 6, and 7 are generally considered "neutral" cards, with higher cards encouraging and lower cards discouraging.

Some players even go so far as to distinguish between a 2 and a 3 as attitude signals when partner knows the suit was supported during bidding.  But these situations are very partnership dependent.   Here's some good books on Signals

Happy signaling.



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