How To Play 4 Of A Major- Audio Lesson

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When declaring 4 of a major, there are many things for declarer to consider. Here is a general outline with some tips:
Count Your Losers
But, if you think that counting winners will be more helpful, don't hesitate to do so. Make a plan to reduce your # losers (or increase your # winners).
Opponents' auction
If an opponent took action, what do you know about his hand? If the opponents passed throughout, are their any negative inferences you can draw?
The opening lead
Memorize it and consider its significance.
Your trump suit
How many trump do the opponents have? How are they likely to divide? Should you lead trump ASAP? Unless you are 100% sure that you should - don't!
Will this be an issue? If one hand is a lot stronger than the other, the answer is often YES.
Key suit
Identify it. Then consider how to handle it.

What to play at trick 1
Even if it seems obvious - think! If you have a choice of where to win the trick, it's usually correct to think, "Where will I need to be LATER?" Marty sez: If you will/might win trick 1, do NOT play until you have decided how you plan to continue.
In this lesson, Marty will show you how to:

  • Improve your ability to decide whether or not to draw trump first.
  • Improve your knowledge of suit combinations.
  • Overcome bad splits.
  • Know when declarer should be eager to ruff often in the hand with trump length.
  • Take advantage of clues from the opponents' bids.
  • Manipulate your spot cards to create the entries that you need.
  • Use a discovery play in suit A to know the right way to play uncertain suit B.
  • Recognize when an avoidance play is needed to keep an opponent off lead.

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