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Threat - A card which opponents must guard against by keeping holding in that suit, otherwise the card will win a trick.  Types of menace cards include:

 
K 10 x

 

Q x x

 
x x x

 
A J x x

 

Isolated Threat (Menace)- One card menace, often an opponents' Queen - here West cannot afford to pitch a Heart (declarer is uncertain which way to finesse on this hand)
 


 

  A x x


 
K Q x


  x x x x


  x x x


 

Two-card Threat (Menace) - Where an opponent holds both a winner and a threat card - again West must not pitch a Spade in order to win 2 Spade tricks.


 

 

x x x x
 


A 10 x
 

Q x x
 

K J x
 

Split Two Card Menace (Threat)  - A two card menace where the cards are in opposite hands - neither East nor West can afford to pitch a Diamond when void in another suit.  Further, with these holdings it is unprofitable for either side to break this suit.

Double Menace (Threat) - Holding a card threatening both opponents' (same diagram)
 


 

  A J 10


 
K Q x


  x x x x


  x x x


 

Extended Two-card Menace (Threat) - A two card menace with adjoining cards in the suit that will be promoted into winners


 

 
A K 9 x

 

Q J 10 x

 
x x

 
x x x x

 

Recessed Menace (Threat) - Holding a threat card with two or more additional winning tricks


 

 

x x x
 


K x x
 

A 10 x x
 

Q J x
 

Twin Entry Menace Threat) - A hand containing a winner, with the opposite hand containing a winner and a menace as well as small card/s

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