||Don't make those who make
a mistake or are slow to answer (not necessarily through ignorance)
||Give a brief repetition
of the "bidding" by putting on the board two hands one above
the other where you speak first about the one underneath: get answers
corresponding to the phrases recommended in the Lesson of the Day.
Remind the dealer that he must not say how many points he has.
||Explain this lead afterwards
by showing that you must know how to accept the loss of one or two
tricks to win one or more afterwards; indicate that it is good to
lead the highest card of a sequence
(define the word); ask the players at East to explain why.
||Before making them play
the deal, draw attention to the necessity - before beginning - of
reviewing the strengths and weaknesses of the pair; the strengths
being the tricks they are sure to make (why?), the weaknesses being
the suits where they have few or no high cards (which ones here?).
||The seven tricks will
come as the declarer wages battle: he will cash in his master Hearts,
his second Spade and after that he will perhaps play Diamonds . Wiith
a bit of luck, in West will discard his Spades rather than his Clubs
on South's master Hearts and the Spades will make extra tricks.
||Ask why they can only
make six tricks with Hearts and Spades and congratulate the (already)
good pupil who says that Spades are the opponents' strong suit.
In order to get them thinking, ask
how many tricks they are sure of making in Diamonds and why; don't
accept as the only reply: "because with four of the five highest
cards we are sure to make three"
Stress the notion of equivalent honours;
set out the honours in Diamonds between declarer and dummy and ask
them what is happening. Then show that the number of possible tricks
is a function of:
||the number of equivalent
honours held (and their rank)
||the length of the
suit in the longest hand
||They are still a bit fragile
to be shown the danger in Clubs!
the children are playing the free deal, ask them to reproduce the
bidding dialogue that you have taught them.