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Week 0204 : 20th May 2024

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SHORT HAND

The hand with the fewer number of cards in a suit (usually trumps). Usually it is more productive to take ruffs in the short trump hand than in the long trump hand.

If you are South in 6, you can generate an extra trick by giving up a spade and ruffing a spade in dummy, the short hand. This way you make six trump tricks rather than five.

Ruffing in the long trump hand (South) would not be a good idea. If you ruff two clubs, you will have fewer trumps than East and so be unable to draw trumps and cash the diamonds.

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