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it with the king; when your adversary leads that suit again, and plays a small one, put on your ten, because it may save your partner's ace, upon sup­position that your right-hand adversary led from the queen.
5.  Suppose you have the best trump, and the adversary A has one trump only remaining, and that it appears your adversary B has a great suit; in this case, though you permit A to make his trump, yet by keeping the trump in your hand, you prevent B from taking his great suit; whereas, if you had taken out A's trump, it had made only one trick difference; but by this me­thod you probably save three or four tricks.
6.  The following case happens frequently.—That you have two trumps remaining when your ad­versaries have only one, and it appears your part­ner has one great suit; in this case always play a trump, because, by removing the trump out of your adversary's hand, there can be no obstruc­tion to your partner's suit.
7.  Suppose you have three trumps when no one else has any, and have only four cards of any certain suit remaining ; in this case play a trump, which shows your partner that you have all the trumps, and also gives a fair chance for one of your adversaries to throw away a card of the suit: by which means, supposing that suit to have been once led, and one thrown away, making five, four remaining in your hand making nine, and there being only four left between three hands, and your partner having an equal chance to hold a better card in that suit than the last player, it follows, that you have an equal chance to make three tricks in the suit, which probably could not otherwise have been done.
8.  Suppose you have five trumps, and six small
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