Exercise 2S53 Main

# Using the Count Signal

by Richard Pavlicek

The underlined card (assume a spade) is led by declarer at trick two in the contract shown.
As West, you are next to play. Answer each question.

 1. 3 NT K J 10 8 4 9 2 South leads Q

What is your play?

Does the nine have any trick-taking value?

 2. 3 NT Q 7 4 9 2 South leads 3

What is your play?

Does the nine have any trick-taking value?

 3. 3 NT K Q J 8 3 9 7 2 South leads 10

What is your play?

Who is likely to hold the ace?

 4. 3 NT Q 6 3 K 10 8 7 South leads 4

What is your play?

What would you play if the nine were led?

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 5. 4 K Q J 9 10 7 2 South leads 3

What is your play?

Does the 10 have any trick-taking value?

 6. 4 K Q J 2 10 6 5 4 South leads 3

What is your play?

Does the 10 have any trick-taking value?

 7. 4 K Q 10 4 8 2 South leads J

What is your play?

Who is likely to hold the ace?

 8. 4 K 9 7 4 J 2 South leads 3

What is your play?

What would you play if you led this suit?

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 9. 4 Q J 10 5 7 2 South leads 3

What is your play?

What would you play if hearts were trump?

 10. 4 Q J 10 5 7 4 2 South leads 3

What is your play?

What would you play if hearts were trump?

 11. 4 Q J 5 9 7 6 2 South leads 3

What is your play?

What would you play if hearts were trump?

 12. 4 Q 8 2 10 4 South leads 3

What is your play?

What would you play if hearts were trump?

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© 1990 Richard Pavlicek