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Defensive Bidding Judgment


West

5 D
North
1 H
Pass
East
Dbl!
Pass
South
4 H
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S K Q 5
H A J 9 8 4
D K 8 3
C J 10
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 E
4 W
5 E
6 S
7 W
8 E
9 E
10 W
Lead
H A
C A
C 3
H 5
C 4
D 5
H 7
S A
S 3
D Q
2nd
D 2
8
9
4
Q
A!
8
2
9
K
3rd
3
2
K
D 6
5
3
D J
7
D 9
S 4
4th
2
J
10
6
S 5
7
10
Q
K
S 10
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
8 2
S 7
H 7 5 2
D A Q 10 9 4
C K 7 5 2
TableS A 8 6 4 3
H
D J 7 6 2
C A 6 4 3
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Choose defensive action
Combat sacrifice bid
Shape double
Ruff in short hand
Establish side suit
S J 10 9 2
H K Q 10 6 3
D 5
C Q 9 8
5 D by West7 top tricksWin the restmade 5 -400


West

1 S
All Pass
North

Pass
East
1 C
2 S
South
Pass!
3 C
Board 2
N-S Vul
S 10 8 7 3
H J 10 5
D K 9 8 6
C 6 5
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 S
4 S
5 E
6 S
7 S
8 S
9 E
10 S
Lead
S 2
S 4
C A!
C Q
S 6
C J
D A
D 3
S Q
D 5
2nd
3
C 2
3
7
C 9
S K
2
4
C 10
7
3rd
A
9
5
6
J
S 10
6
8!
H 6
9!
4th
5
7
4
K
8
8
10
Q
H 5
H 3
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
5 3
6 3
7 3
S K J 9 2
H Q 9 6
D J 7 4 2
C 7 3
TableS A Q 6 4
H K 8 4 3
D Q 10
C K 8 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Trap pass
Pass with enemy suit
Communication/entries
Count hand pattern
S 5
H A 7 2
D A 5 3
C A Q J 10 9 2
3 C by South8 top tricksWin 2 more tricksmade 3 +110


West

2 NT!
4 C
North

Pass
Pass
East

3 C
5 C
South
1 D
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S Q J 4
H 10 9 8 7 5
D 8 5 2
C 8 6
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 S
7 W
8 E
9 W
Lead
D K
H 3
H 4!
D 4
H 6!
D Q
C 5
S 5
C A
2nd
3
2
7
7
8
C 10
6
2
8
3rd
2
A
C 3
C 2
C 4
8
K
A
S 6
4th
A
5
Q
5
C 9
6
J
4
Q
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S A 3
H A K J 6 4
D 3
C A 10 7 5 2
TableS 9 8 7 6 5
H 3
D A 9 6 4
C K 4 3
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Unusual notrump bid
Follow up minor raise
Describing a two-suiter
Ruff in short hand
Avert overruff
S K 10 2
H Q 2
D K Q J 10 7
C Q J 9
5 C by East8 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 5 -600


West
1 H
Pass
North
1 S!
4 S
East
2 H
All Pass
South
3 S
Board 4
Both Vul
S A K J 8
H 5
D 9 8 7
C K 9 6 5 4
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 W
4 E
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 N
Lead
H 4
H A
H 3
D Q
S 2
S 8
S 7
S J
2nd
6
D 7!
D 8
A
4
5
H 2
10
3rd
K
8
Q
6
A
Q
K
D 3
4th
5
7
9
9
3
6
9
D 10
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
S 6 4
H A K J 3 2
D K J 10 6
C 8 2
TableS 10 9 5 3
H Q 10 8 4
D Q 2
C J 10 7
Bidding
 
 
Play
Defense
Choose defensive action
Resp to suit overcall
Four-card suit overcall
Avoid tap; shed loser
Make declarer ruff
S Q 7 2
H 9 7 6
D A 5 4 3
C A Q 3
4 S by North8 top tricksWin the restmade 4 +620


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Practice 3Q05 by Richard Pavlicek

Defensive Bidding Judgment II


West

1 NT
3 NT
North
1 C
Pass
All Pass
East
1 S!
3 D
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S A 10 9
H Q J 10 2
D 9 8
C A J 10 8
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 W
Lead
H Q
C 2!
D A
D 4
S 2
D 5
H A
2nd
8
8
2
6
9
H 3
10
3rd
5
K
3
J
K!
10
S 4
4th
K
3
8
9
7
H 2
4
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
S 3 2
H A K 6
D J 10 7 3
C Q 9 7 2
TableS K J 6 5 4
H 8
D A K Q 5 4
C K 4
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Choose defensive action
Rebid by overcaller
Describing a two-suiter
Placing enemy cards
Timing the play
S Q 8 7
H 9 7 5 4 3
D 6 2
C 6 5 3
3 NT by West7 top tricksCash 2 more winnersmade 3 -400


West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 H
East
1 D
Pass
South
1 H!
4 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A K 8 2
H J 9 2
D 9 4
C K 6 3 2
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 N
4 E
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 N
9 S
10 N
11 S
Lead
D 2
C 9
D 9
S J
H 2
D J
H J
C 2!
S 4
C 3
C 5!
2nd
4
4
A
3
5
7
6
S 5
7
S 10
J
3rd
Q
8
8
6
8
H 9
10
A
A
Q
6
4th
3
K
5
K
3
6
4
7
9
10
D K
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
8 3
S Q 7 6
H 4 3
D 10 7 5 2
C J 10 8 7
TableS J 10 9 5
H K 7 6 5
D A K Q 6
C 9
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Choose defensive action
Resp to suit overcall
Four-card suit overcall
Lead toward honor
Trump endplay
S 4 3
H A Q 10 8
D J 8 3
C A Q 5 4
4 H by South8 top tricksWin last 2 tricksmade 4 +620


West

Dbl!
North

3 C
East

4 H
South
1 C
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 8
H 9 3
D K 10 5 3
C A J 9 8 4
Trick
1 S
2 W
3 E
4 W
5 W
6 E
7 W
8 W
9 E
Lead
C K
S 4
C 3
S A
S 6
C 5
D A
S 7
C 6
2nd
H 5
8
10
10
H 9!
Q
3
H 3
D 9
3rd
4
K
H 8
2
H Q
H 10
4
H 4
H J
4th
2
3
8
5
J
9
7
Q
J
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
9 0
S A 9 7 6 4
H J 10 8 5
D A 8 6 2
C
TableS K 2
H K Q 7 4
D J 4
C 7 6 5 3 2
Bidding
 
 
Play
Defense
Choose defensive action
Resp to takeout double
Shape double
Crossruff
Uppercut
S Q J 5 3
H A 6 2
D Q 9 7
C K Q 10
4 H by East6 top tricksWin 1 trump trickmade 4 -620


West
1 H
Pass
North
3 S!
Pass
East
4 H
Pass
South
4 S
Board 4
Both Vul
S K Q J 10 8 4
H
D 5 4 3
C 10 7 6 2
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 W
5 N
6 W
7 E
8 S
9 S
Lead
H Q
D 3!
D 2
S 5
D 5!
C 4
C 3
S 9
D 9
2nd
2
7
K
10
C 9
2
S A
6
3rd
3
A
4
2
6
A
5
8
4th
S 4
10
Q
7
J
Q
6
3
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
3 2
3 3
4 3
5 3
S 6 5
H A K 10 4 3
D K J 10
C K 5 4
TableS 3 2
H Q J 9 7
D Q 7
C A J 9 8 3
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Choose defensive action
Competitive auction
Preempt the maximum
Set up dummy’s suit
Timing the play
S A 9 7
H 8 6 5 2
D A 9 8 6 2
C Q
4 S by North7 top tricksWin the restmade 4 +620


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Practice 3Q09 by Richard Pavlicek

Defensive Bidding Judgment III


West

1 H
Pass
North
Pass
Pass
5 D
East
1 C
2 H
All Pass
South
1 D
4 S
Board 1
None Vul
S 3
H 9 8 7 4 2
D 9 2
C K 8 6 4 3
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 S
4 S
5 N
6 S
Lead
C J
D K!
S A
S 4
H 2
D Q
2nd
3
A
7
8
5
10
3rd
Q!
3
3
D 9
D 4
C 4
4th
2
2
2
5
3
C 7
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
S 10 8 7
H A Q J 3
D J 10 3
C J 10 5
TableS Q J 5 2
H K 10 6 5
D K
C A Q 9 7
Bidding
 
 
Defense
 
Choose defensive action
Simple preference bid
Describing a two-suiter
Overtaking play
Shift to trumps
S A K 9 6 4
H
D A Q 8 7 6 5 4
C 2
5 D by South7 top tricksLose 2 more tricksdown 1 -50


West

1 H
North

1 S
East
Pass
4 H
South
1 D
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S K J 10 9 7
H 4
D 10 9 8
C 10 9 7 4
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 S
4 S
5 W
6 W
7 W
8 E
9 W
10 E
Lead
D 10
D Q
D K
S 8
H J
H 10
H 8
C 2
H K
H 9!
2nd
3
4
5
A
4
S 7
S 9
5
S 10
S 5
3rd
J
9
8
J
6
7
Q
Q
A
S 3
4th
2
6
7
2
2
3
5
4
S 4
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
S A 3
H K J 10 8
D 5 4 2
C A Q J 3
TableS Q 6 2
H A Q 9 7 6
D 7 6 3
C 6 2
Bidding
 
 
Play
Choose defensive action
Resp to suit overcall
Four-card suit overcall
Automatic squeeze
S 8 5 4
H 5 3 2
D A K Q J
C K 8 5
4 H by West7 top tricksNorth is squeezedmade 4 -420


West

1 H
North

5 C
East

Dbl
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 2
H 4
D 9 7 6 4
C K Q J 10 8 7 5
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 N
4 W
5 N
6 S
7 W
8 W
9 N
Lead
H J
H 2
D 4!
H A
D 6!
D 3!
S K
H K
D 9!
2nd
3
5
2
C 10
8
J
2
C 8
S A
3rd
8
9
K
D 5
Q
7
9
S Q
C 9
4th
4
C 5
A
6
10
S 10
5
7
S 3
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
3 4
4 4
5 4
S K J 4 3
H A K 10 9 8
D A J 10
C 4
TableS A Q 10 9
H J 2
D 8 5 2
C A 6 3 2
Bidding
 
 
Play
 
Defense
Weak jump overcall
Sacrifice bid
Preempt the maximum
Delay drawing trumps
Ruff in short hand
Make declarer ruff
S 8 7 6 5
H Q 7 6 5 3
D K Q 3
C 9
5 C× by North6 top tricksConcede high trumpdown 3 -500


West
1 S
2 NT
Pass
North
Pass
Pass
Dbl
East
1 NT
3 NT
All Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S A Q 10 8 7
H A 8 3
D K 9 2
C J 5
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 N
4 W
5 E
6 W
7 W
Lead
S J
S A
S 10
D J
C 8
D 10
H 2
2nd
3
9
H 4
K!
3
2
A
3rd
Q!
D 3
C 2
A
A
6
10
4th
2
4
K
4
5
5
5
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
S K 6 5 4 3
H K J 2
D J 10
C A K Q
TableS 9 2
H Q 10 4
D A Q 8 7 6
C 10 9 8
Bidding
 
 
Defense
 
Trap pass
Lead-directing double
Pass with enemy suit
Overtaking play
When to cover honor
S J
H 9 7 6 5
D 5 4 3
C 7 6 4 3 2
3 NT× by East4 top tricksLose 2 more tricksdown 1 +200


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