3.1 Selecting a Partner

3.1.1 Basics

Selecting a partner for a "Marriage," can be looked at from two standpoints:

1) The viewpoint of the non-Marriage player.

From the perspective of the non-Marriage player, the main goal is to become the partner of the Marriage player. From this can be seen that the non-marriage partners want to select the most secure game and that all players (including the marriage partners) should trump when a missing suit is played.

The safest play is the 10. After that, should follow the Ace most likely to go through: Play theAs before the As 9. We personally believe that tha play of the 10 is not always a good play. When holding good Aces (a black Ace with at least one side card) in addition to a 10, we find the play of the ace to be more meaningful.

2) The view of the (leading) Marriage Partner

The goal of the marriage partner when seeking a partner should be first to evaluate his/her hand since otherwise it would be impossible to determine which partner had the most attractive cards. In doing so, he should try first to play his/her own aces (or to trump Ace leads) and along with the cards played by the others to determine the most attractive combination. In any case one seeks to remove a 10 from further play and by doing so to allow one's own high trump (Q und Q) to play a dominant role later in the game.

3.1.2 (Following-)Conventions Conventions of the Non-marriage Partners

This includes the play of a Diamond Ace and ofD, and of of throwing off of a side suit to the lead of an Ace led by the marriage partners.

1) Play of Ace10

:The player holds both10 and is long in trump (>= 8). The marriage partner is obligated to take the trick and immediately to seek the partner on the return play. If not able to take the Diamond Ace with the Q (for example, when possing Q or sitting to the right of the leader) the trump length can still be shown on the next Club lead before a small trump is played..

Beispielblatt: D D D D B B B B As K 9 9
Das Anspiel von Trumpf erscheint sinnvoll, sofern der Spieler nicht rechts vom Hochzeiter sitzt. In diesem Fall könnte er noch darauf hoffen, daß der Hochzeiter sowohl ein laufendes As und As besitzt.

2) Play of the D

: The player holds both10; nothing about the length of trump is implied

3) Throwing off to a pley of a side Ace held by the Marrage partners.

: This usually means a singleton in the suit thrown off. and a long suit (>=8) in another. The discard of a card from a black suit says nothing about the possession of 10en aus. The throwing off of a -Singleton is often avoided since the value of since the risk of trumping by the partner of the non-marriage partner cannot be ruled out. Conventions of the Marriage Partners

1) Play of the 10 to the first trick

: The marriage partner shows length in trump (>= 8) and shows that s/he is seeking a partner with trump. S/he can follow with additional information int he second trick by playing D. In any case, a side suit Ace should not be played since it can be trumped by the player with the other 10.

2) Play of 10 or Q to the second trick

: The marriage partner holds length in trump (>= 8) and first of all, no Q to his 10 and secondly a10 to hisD. This should be intrerpreted in the same way as the previous case.

3) Play of Q to the first or second trick (without previous play of the 10)

: The marriage partner holds both10 and usually long trumps and seeks a partner via trump.


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