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Establishment

Establishment is the process of developing a trick (or tricks) for your side, which is essentially the backbone of card play in bridge. You need tricks? Then establish them! Establishment techniques that require a finesse, throw-in (for strategic gain) or squeeze are covered separately in their respective categories. About the Techniques

1. Overtake cashout

NT win 2
auto bi
S A 10
H
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S K
2nd
J
3rd
A!
4th
S J
H K
D
C
Table S Q
H A
D
C
South leads S K
H 2
D
C


2. Unblock cashout

NT win 3
auto bi
S A 2
H A
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S K!
2nd
J
3rd
2
4th
3
S Q J
H 4
D
C
Table S 3
H K Q
D
C
South leads S K
H 3 2
D
C


3. Unblock overtake cashout

NT win 4
auto bi
S A 10
H
D A 2
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
D K!
S K
2nd
J
J
3rd
2
A!
4th
9
S J
H K
D Q J
C
Table S Q
H A
D 10 9
C
South leads S K
H 3 2
D K
C


4. Dual unblock cashout

NT win 5
auto bi
S A 2
H A 2
D K
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
3. S
Lead
D 2!
S 2!
D A
2nd
J
H J
Q
3rd
K
K
H 2
4th
9
10
10
S Q J 10
H
D Q J
C
Table S
H K Q J
D 10 9
C
South leads S K
H 4 3
D A 2
C


5. Plain establishment

NT win 2
auto bi
S K Q
H 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S 2!
2nd
4
3rd
Q
4th
A
S 5 4
H 3
D
C
Table S A
H K Q
D
C
South leads S 3 2
H A
D
C


6. Dual establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S Q J 10
H A 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. W
3. S
Lead
S 2!
H Q
S 3!
2nd
K
2
4
3rd
10
8
J
4th
5
K
A
S K 4
H Q J 10
D
C
Table S A 6 5
H 9 8
D
C
South leads S 3 2
H K 4 3
D
C


7. Length establishment

NT win 4
auto bi
S A K 2
H 3 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
3. N
Lead
S 3
S K
S 2!
2nd
10
8
3rd
A
4
4th
7
J
S Q J 10
H J 10
D
C
Table S 9 8 7
H K Q
D
C
South leads S 6 5 4 3
H A
D
C


8. Overtake establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S K J 10
H A
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
S Q
S J
2nd
2
3rd
K!
4th
3
S A 2
H 6 5
D
C
Table S 4 3
H K Q
D
C
South leads S Q
H 4 3 2
D
C


9. Overtake sacrifice establishment

NT win 4
auto bi
S A J 10 9
H A
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
S K
S J
2nd
4
Q
3rd
A!
4th
7
S 6 5 4
H K Q
D
C
Table S Q 8 7
H J 10
D
C
South leads S K
H 5 4 3 2
D
C


10. Unblock establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S Q 10 2
H A
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S K!
2nd 3rd 4th
S 4 3
H K Q
D
C
Table S A 5
H J 10
D
C
South leads S K J
H 3 2
D
C


11. Unblock sacrifice establishment

NT win 4
auto bi
S J 10 9 3
H A K
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
S K!
S 2
2nd
4
Q
3rd
3
9
4th
5
6
S Q 4
H 9 8 7 6
D
C
Table S A 6 5
H Q J 10
D
C
South leads S K 2
H 5 4 3 2
D
C


12. Internal unblock cashout

NT win 5
auto bi
S A K Q 4 3
H
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
3. N
Lead
S 9!
S K
S Q
2nd
5
10
J
3rd
A
7!
8!
4th
6
H 3
S 5
H 6 5 4 3
D
C
Table S J 10 6
H A K
D
C
South leads S 9 8 7 2
H 2
D
C


13. Jettison unblock cashout

NT win 6
auto bi
S A 5 4 3 2
H A
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
3. S
4. N
Lead
S K
S Q
S 6
H A!
2nd
J
H 2
H 3
5
3rd
2
3
A
S 7!
4th
8
9
10
4
S J
H 4 3 2
D 7 6
C
Table S 10 9 8
H 5
D 5 4
C
South leads S K Q 7 6
H
D 3 2
C


14. Two-suit establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S Q J 10 9
H 3 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S 2!
2nd 3rd 4th
S A 5
H A 10 9 8
D
C
Table S K 8 7
H 7 6 5
D
C
South leads S 4 3 2
H K Q J
D
C

Leading heart first gets no spade trick.


15. Two-suit tempo establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S K J 10
H
D 3 2
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
S Q!
H K!
2nd
3
3rd
10
4th
4
S A 3
H A
D 10 9
C
Table S 4
H 2
D K Q J
C
South leads S Q 2
H K Q
D A
C


16. Two-suit whipsaw establishment

NT win 4
S K 9 8 7
H 4 3 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
Lead
S 5!
H 2!
2nd
10
5
3rd
K
J
4th
2
A
S A J 10
H A
D K Q J
C
Table S 4 3 2
H 5
D 4 3 2
C
South leads S Q 6 5
H K Q J
D A
C


17. Entry duck establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S A 5 4
H 3
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S 2
2nd
Q
3rd
4!
4th
10
S K Q
H K Q
D
C
Table S J 10
H J 10
D
C
South leads S 3 2
H A 2
D
C


18. Repeat entry duck establishment

NT win 4
auto bi
S A 8 7 6 5
H 3
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. E
3. S
Lead
S 2
H Q
S 3
2nd
10
A
J
3rd
5!
6
6!
4th
Q
3
9
S J 10
H 9 8 7 6
D
C
Table S K Q 9
H Q J 10
D
C
South leads S 4 3 2
H A K 2
D
C


19. Communication duck establishment

NT win 4
auto bi
S K Q 5 4
H A 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. E
3. S
Lead
S 2
H J
S 3
2nd
7
K
8
3rd
4!
6
Q
4th
10
2
S 8 7
H Q 8 7 6
D
C
Table S A J 10
H J 10 9
D
C
South leads S 3 2
H K 5 4 3
D
C


20. Avoidance duck establishment

NT win 3
S A 6 5
H 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S 2
2nd
K
3rd
5!
4th
J
S K 10
H K Q
D
C
Table S Q J
H 3
D A
C
South leads S 4 3 2
H A
D
C

If West plays low, win S A (avoidance hop).


21. Repeat avoidance duck establishment

NT win 4
S A 7 6 5
H A 4
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. W
3. S
Lead
S 2
H Q
S 3
2nd
Q
4
K
3rd
5!
5
7!
4th
9
K
10
S K Q 8
H Q J 10
D
C
Table S J 10 9
H 6 5
D A
C
South leads S 4 3 2
H K 3 2
D
C

If West plays low either time, avoidance hop.


22. Repeat avoidance hop establishment

NT win 5
S A K 6 5
H A 4
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. N
3. S
4. N
Lead
S 2
H 4
S 3
S 5
2nd
7
5
8
3rd
A!
K
K!
4th
J
10
9
S Q 8 7
H Q J 10
D
C
Table S J 10 9
H 6 5
D A
C
South leads S 4 3 2
H K 3 2
D
C

If West plays S Q either time, avoidance duck.


23. Safety duck establishment

NT win 5
auto bi
S A K Q 5 4
H 5
D
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S 2
2nd
6
3rd
4!
4th
8
S 7 6
H J 10 9 8
D
C
Table S J 10 9 8
H K Q
D
C
South leads S 3 2
H A 4 3 2
D
C

Guards against 4-2 split (loses trick if 3-3).


24. Jettison establishment

NT win 4
auto
S A
H 5 4 3 2
D
C
Trick
1. S
2. S
Lead
D A!
S Q
2nd
S 2
3rd
S A!
4th
H J
S 3 2
H 10 9 8
D
C
Table S K 4
H K Q J
D
C
South leads S Q J 10
H A
D A
C


25. Entry jettison establishment

NT win 2
auto
S
H A
D 3 2
C
Trick
1. S
Lead
S K
2nd
H 2
3rd
H A!
4th
A
S
H 2
D A K
C
Table S A
H 4 3
D
C
South leads S K Q
H K
D
C


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Anti establishment

26. Holdup anti establishment

NT win 2
auto bi
S 4 3
H K Q
D
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
S 5
2nd
3
3rd
K
4th
2!
S 6 5
H A 5
D
C
Table S K Q J
H 4
D
C
West leads S A 2
H 3 2
D
C


27. Two-stopper holdup anti establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S 4 3 2
H Q J 10
D
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
S 6
2nd
2
3rd
Q
4th
5!
S 7 6
H A 9 8 7
D
C
Table S Q J 10 9
H K 5
D
C
West leads S A K 5
H 4 3 2
D
C

Initial duck required no matter where S A and S K.


28. Tempo duck anti establishment

NT win 3
auto
S 7 6
H K Q J
D
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
S K
2nd
6
3rd
2
4th
8!
S K Q 10 9
H 2
D
C
Table S 5 4 3 2
H A
D
C
West leads S A J 8
H 4 3
D
C

Two-trick difference versus winning ace.


29. Block anti establishment

NT win 2
auto bi
S A 4
H K J
D
C
Trick
1. W
2. N
Lead
S 5
H J!
2nd
A!
3rd
J
4th
2
S K 9 5
H A
D
C
Table S Q J
H 4 3
D
C
West leads S 10 3 2
H Q
D
C


30. Unblock anti avoidance establishment

NT win 2
auto bi
S J 10 9
H 6 5
D A
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
S 4
2nd
9
3rd
K
4th
Q!
S A 6 5 4
H A 4
D
C
Table S K 3 2
H K 3 2
D
C
West leads S Q 8 7
H Q J 10
D
C


31. Mid-unblock anti avoidance establishment

NT win 2
auto bi?
S Q 10 7
H Q J 10
D
C
Trick
1. W
2. E
Lead
S 4
S 2
2nd
10!
9
3rd
K
A
4th
8
Q!
S A 6 5 4
H A 4
D
C
Table S K 3 2
H K 3 2
D
C
West leads S J 9 8
H 6 5
D A
C


32. Gambit unblock anti avoidance establishment

NT win 2
S K 5 4
H K Q
D
C
Trick
1. W
Lead
S A
2nd
K!
3rd
8
4th
2
S A 7 6
H 4 3
D
C
Table S Q 10 9 8
H A
D
C
West leads S J 3 2
H 2
D A
C


33. Entry creation sacrifice anti establishment

NT win 4
auto bi
S 4 3
H K 5 4
D A
C
Trick
1. W
2. S
3. E
4. S
Lead
S 6
H Q!
S J
H 2
2nd
3
8
A
3rd
Q
4
7
4th
K
A
4
S 8 7 6
H 10 9 8
D
C
Table S Q J 10 9
H A J
D
C
West leads S A K 2
H Q 3 2
D
C


34. Entry removal sacrifice anti establishment

NT win 3
auto bi
S 4 3 2
H 10 5 4
D
C
Trick
1. W
2. S
Lead
S 6
H K!
2nd
2
7
3rd
9
4
4th
K
A
S 6 5
H Q J 8 7
D
C
Table S Q J 10 9
H A 6
D
C
West leads S A K
H K 9 3 2
D
C

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