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When To Cover an Honor

Do you know when to cover an honor with an honor? If you learn the rules stated here, you will become a champion defender and no one will steal any tricks from you.

Holding One Honor

If the honor led is accompanied by a touching card, do not cover. Cover an unsupported honor.

J 10 3
K 9 2TableQ 8 4
A 7 6 5

Assume the jack is led. Since the jack is supported by the 10, East should not cover and play low. If North instead held J-5-3, East should cover because the jack would then be unsupported.

Nines Are Important
The nine is an important card in many situations and it should be treated as an honor for the purpose of this study.

Holding Two Honors

If you have two honors above the honor led, always cover and do so with your highest card.

10 9 6
A 8 2TableK J 3
Q 7 5 4

Assume the 10 is led. East should cover with the king, winning the trick. If North later leads the nine, East covers with the jack and the defense gets three tricks. Note the outcome if East plays any differently.

Warning
If the bidding indicates that partner has a singleton or void in the suit led by declarer (such as the trump suit), do not cover unless it benefits your own hand.

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J 4 3
TableK 7 2

Your play as East? _____

2.
Q J 3
TableK 6 5

Your play as East? _____

3.
10 6
TableQ 9 7 5

Your play as East? _____

4.
J 10 8
TableA Q 4

Your play as East? _____

5.
9 2
TableJ 7 3

Your play as East? _____

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10 9 2
TableQ 8 4

Your play as East? _____

7.
10 8 2
TableK 7 4

Your play as East? _____

8.
9 8 3
TableK 10 4

Your play as East? _____

9.
J 10 3
TableK 9 8

Your play as East? _____

10.
A 10 9 7
TableJ 4

Your play as East? _____

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Answers

1.K

2.5

3.Q

4.A

5.J

6.4

7.K

8.K

9.8

10.4

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