5th WORLD JUNIOR CAMP Vargesztes, Hungary. July 2003 After you have completed the bidding the next difficult part is waiting. As declarer you have to plan the play. This is a very important part, because this plan is the basis for all decisions you make during the play. For now we will have a look at suit contracts, because there are far less exceptions to the rules than in NT contracts. There are three steps for the playing plan in a suit contract: 1. How many losers do I have ? 2. How can I avoid losers ? 3. In which order do I have to play the suits ?

#### 1. How many losers do I have?

First you count the number of tricks you will have to lose…. – You always count the losers by looking at one certain hand. Let/s call this hand the “main hand”. This is the hand with MORE trumps. If you play in a fit of the same trump length in both hands the main hand is the hand with the BETTER trumps. – Now you look at each suit and count how many losers in the main hand are covered by honours in the other hand. Important:A loser can only be covered by an honour. If it is covered by a shortness, we still count it as a loser. e.g. main hand: A x other hand: K x x = 0 losers main hand: A x x other hand: K x = 1 loser – When you have possible losers that depend on a finesse, you assume that the finesse will fail. e.g. x x x A Q 10 = 2 losers – When you have possible losers that depend on a certain distribution you assume the normal distribution. Rule for normal distribution: When we have an even number of cards, opponents have an odd number of cards. The normal distribution is balanced between both opponents.When we have an odd number of cards, opponents have an even number of cards. In this case there are two normal distributions:The balanced way, or the alternative, where one opponents has two cards more than the other one.
 We have They have normal distribution 10 cards 3 cards 2-1 9 cards 4 cards 2-2 or 3-1 8 cards 5 cards 3-2 7 cards 6 cards 3-3 or 4-2 6 cards 7 cards 4-3…etc
Let/s have a look at an example hand.We play 6 and opponents lead J.
 A K J x x A Q x x x x Q x x x x x x A K x x A K x x
The main hand is the left hand, because it has MORE trumps than the other hand. Spade: One loser to the Q, but no further loser because we assume a 3-2 distribution Heart: Two losers. We might lose Q to the king and the other small heart is not covered by an honour in the other hand. Diamond: Two of the three small diamonds are covered, the third one is a loser Clubs: All clubs in the main hand are covered, no loser in clubs. — Four losers (one spade, two hearts, one diamond)