Bridge banter: cover an honour with an honour

Jenny Freeman, Barbara Hughes, Suzie McNamara and Beth Thomas take a win.
Jenny Freeman, Barbara Hughes, Suzie McNamara and Beth Thomas take a win.

One maxim in the game of bridge is 'Cover an honour with an honour!'

The five highest cards in Bridge - ace, king, queen, jack, ten - are known as honours.

If an honour is led, the common rule is to play a higher honour to cover that honour.

Sometimes a player will stubbornly refuse to part with a good honour, but by looking at the bigger picture you see that you are not wasting an honour, instead you are promoting a lower ranked card to potentially take a trick.

Covering an honour with an honour can work brilliantly in most situations of play.

Honourable winners this week were Margaret Hawken and Jill Crisp on Tuesday, Suzie McNamara with Beth Thomas, and Jenny Freeman with Barbara Hughes on Thursday, and Bev Laing and Anne Berkeley on Monday.

If you are interested in learning more about bridge, check our website https://www.parkes.bridge-club.org or call Kevin Robinson 0429 621 712.

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