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ther : A's best play is to throw away one of his winning cards ; because, if his right-hand ad­versary play to his ace suit, he has it in his power to pass it, and his partner has an equal chance to have a better card in that suit than the third hand: if so, and B have any forcing card, or one of his partner's suit to play to, in order to force out the last trump, A's ace remaining in his hand brings in his winning cards; whereas, if A had thrown away the small card to his ace-suit, and his right-hand adversary had led that suit, he had been obliged to put on his ace, and consequently had lost some tricks by that method.
9- Suppose ten cards played out, and it ap­pears probable that your left-hand adversary has three trumps remaining, viz. the best and two small one; and you have two trumps only, and your partner none, and your right-hand adver­sary plays a thirteenth or some other winning card, in that case pass it, by which you may gain a trick, because the left-hand adversary must trump.
10.  To inform your partner of the state of your game, suppose you have a quart-major in trumps (or any other fourbest trumps), if obliged to trump, play the highest of any four best trumps, and then the lowest, which clears up your game, and may be the means of winning many tricks : practise the same in all other suits.
11.  If your partner call at the point of 8 before his time, trump to him, whether you are strong or not; because as he calls before he is obliged, it is a declaration of being strong in trumps.
12.  Suppose your right-hand adversary turns up the queen of clubs, and when he has the lead, plays the knave, and also that you have the ace, ten, and one club more, or the king, ten, and one
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