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 Three trump, two-suited – Two trump, two green aces:     My friend Ron has a principle he calls “three trump, two-suited”:  If he is dealing and will have three trump and only two suits (including trump), he’ll usually pick up the turned card, regardless of the pip values of the cards in his hand.  Chances are he’ll take the first trick (unless the age leads the one outside suit he has); he’ll then lead low trump to draw (hoping his partner has a bower, but that’s not essential), and the other suit he doesn’t have eventually will come back to him for another trump trick.  Count on your partner for one trick, and you score.    In the hand above, on the right, you have picked up the nine of hearts to go with your ace and king.  You have two chances at the first trick:  A small heart lead or, more likely, a ruff of clubs or diamonds (which your partner maight take with the ace or king, if you’ve been living right). February 16, 2016Three trump, two-suitedTwo trump, two green aces
 There’s a corollary to Ron’s principle:  Two trump, two green aces.   See the lower hand above:  A “green” ace is one of the color different from the color of the trump suit.  Your chances of cashing a “green” ace are better than those of cashing a “next” ace (one of the same color as the trump suit) because there is one more card in each of the “green” suits than in the “next” suit, and your opponents are less likely to have voids.     You take the first trick with an ace if the lead is “green,” with a little trump if it’s “next.”  In either case you lead a trump to “clear” (counting on your partner for help), and the other green suit should come back to you.     Try it – you might like it!     For an earlier and fuller discussion of Ron’s principle, with intensive mathematical analysis, see “Double suited,” Part 1 and Part 2, in which the argument is not all that strong for the first hand shown above except in situations calling for the “Bloomington corollary” or the “Bubinski,” but showing a surprising success rate when the off suit has a little strength – e.g., a king-nine instead of a nine-ten.Natty Bumppo, author,The Columbus Book of Euchre Borf Books Box 413 Brownsville KY 42210   270-597-2187 [copyright 2016] [next]

 When to say ‘alone’ – March 24, 2015     Scott turned up the ten of spades and had in his hand the nine of spades, the king and queen of diamonds and the king and nine of hearts.  Prissy, on his left, ordered the spade; and Scott discarded the nine of hearts. Ten of spades ordered up by the age