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Week 0212 : 15th July 2024

HELD

An abbreviation for a popular discard method, High Encouraging Low Discouraging. Similar terms are ‘natural discards’ and ‘rubber bridge discards’.

Here is an example:

Suppose you lead the K, losing to the A. On the second round of spades, you can discard a high diamond, the nine, to encourage diamonds, or a low club, the three, to discourage clubs.

Either discard should persuade partner to look for an entry in your hand in diamonds rather than clubs.

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