Attitude signals are used when following suit to partner's lead, or when making the first discard in a suit. Of the three types of defensive signals, attitude signals have the highest priority:
By default, a signal is for attitude unless the situation clearly warrants a count signal or suit-preference signal.
Which card do you follow suit with?
Assuming that partner is leading from AK, the correct card is the
The defense must take its first three tricks in diamonds to defeat the contract. If you play the
This is an example of discarding to show attitude in another suit. Against South's 3NT contract, partner leads the
You follow suit with the
The objective is to advertise your spade strength to partner. Discarding a diamond would discourage diamonds, but wouldn't tell partner anything about your major suits. Discarding the
The only suit that's left is hearts. Discarding the
The full deal:
Once partner wins the A, he can switch to the
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