Revolving discards are used at a defender's first opportunity to make a discard. A high spot card indicates suit preference for the next-higher available suit, while a low spot card indicates suit preference for the next-lower available suit.

For example, when forced to make a discard while declarer is playing the diamond suit:

  • A low spade is suit-preference for hearts, the next-lower suit.
  • A high spade is suit-preference for clubs, the "next-higher" suit.

  • A low heart is suit-preference for clubs. You "skip" diamonds since you don't have any!
  • A high heart is suit-preference for spades.

  • A low club is suit-preference for spades.
  • A high club is suit-preference for hearts. Again, you "skip" the diamond suit.

Revolving discards are very similar to Lavinthal Discards. The difference lies in the "revolving" approach, whereby a high spade encourages clubs and a low club encourages spades. In the above example, a low club when playing Lavinthal would be a signal for hearts, the lower of the two remaining suits (hearts and spades).

See also

  • Lavinthal Discards
    A conventional method of discarding to show suit preference.

  • Odd-Even Discards
    A conventional method of discarding odd and even spot cards to show attitude and suit preference.

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