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have a partner who refuses to learn or has trouble grasping the ideas in this book. There is little you can do about this except to find a new partner or try to work with him until he can name the obvious shift-suit on most defensive hands.
There are two basic technical troubleshooting situations: (1) You don\u2019t have the right cards to make the best signal; (2) The Obvious Shift, as defined in this book, appears to be so ludicrous that you don\u2019t want to call it the Obvious Shift.
The solution to number (1) is that you should signal in tempo and hope partner can read it. To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi, an avid bridge player: Bridge is like religion. You are dealt a hand, and you should strive to do your best with the cardsk h a r m a gave you.
The answer to number (2) is that you should try to do your best with the rules we gave you. If the choice is between K-J-x and A-K doubleton, the doubleton is still the \u201cobvious shift.\u201d*
Here is a list of specific, common, troubleshooting positions, which we will cover in this chapter. They are listed with the page number in case you wish to refer to them after you've adopted these methods.
three small or ace third, we give simple attitude. .... 129 Crashing trump honors. ............................................... 130 Your entry is in trumps. ............................................... 132 Relying on a signal when you can do it yourself. .... 133 Fooling partner in the suit you lead. .......................... 134 Confusion between suit preference and Obvious
One of the exceptions to giving the attitude and Obvious Shift signal at trick one occurs when third hand has a doubleton and partner leads from the ace-king. You must give count if you want to receive a ruff at trick three. But on some hands, when declarer has a doubleton as well, partner will be in a difficult position. He will not know whether you can stand a shift.
\u00df A J 8
\u02d9 Q 8 6 53
\u2202 A 4 2
\u00e7 A Q
\u00df K 9 5 4 3 2
\u02d9 J \u00a14
\u2202 Q 5
\u00e7 K 9
After South opens two spades and North bids four, West leads the \u02d9A. It can\u2019t be right for West to continue hearts and if East signals high, West\u2019s winning shift may be a club.
This deal is a rare bird. The next deal is far more common. East must give count with his doubleton because the third round ruff may be the setting trick.
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