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The Art of a Next call(aka Hoyle) page 2

Don't ask why, Next Just Works

Last update on: Feb 02, 2019

It is not always necessary to completely understand how something works. Sometimes it's sufficient just to know it does work. Next is one of those strategies. Many times a next call will result in a point for the calling team in unexpected ways. To take advantage of this, the only requirement is that you try.

Table Position
why play next example 10

The dealer is in North and has turned up the ten of spades. There is little chance they could make a point in spades so it is turned down.

why play next example 11

The player in the East seat calls next (clubs) and leads the left (jack of spades). South follows suit, West seat takes the trick using the right. The dealer(N) also follows suit. There are now four trump gone.

why play next example 12

Now West leads back the ace of trump. In most cases, a double lead of trump would put the maker in a spot. In this case, however, West seat realized that because their partner led the left, it must be the only trump they have. Leading the ace should pull the opponent's trump and increase the maker's chance of making any aces good. Six trump have been played.

why play next example 13

The ace of diamonds is the next lead by West. North and East seats follow suit. The south seat trumps in with the remaining trump. The only option South has is to lead a heart.

why play next example 14

The maker(E) takes the last trick with his ace of hearts completing the next call.

Luck, you say. Well, maybe, but Luck can be influenced by skillful players. Let's look at some of the factors that contributed to that "luck". East (1st seat) made the call. Their partner(W) read the hand correctly and pulled trump by playing their ace.

Suggested Further Reading:

The next call - Page 1
How to amaze the opponents

The next call - Page 2
Don't ask why, Next Just Works

The 'no trump' next call - Page 3
Are you brave enough to call next with no trump?

The 'reverse' next call - Page 1
'Reverse Next', a useful 2nd seat, 2nd round strategy

The 'reverse' next call - Page 2
Here's an excellent example of reverse next.

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