Main   Practice 4A01 by Richard Pavlicek  

Card Combinations


West

2 NT
3 S
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
1 S
3 C
4 S
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S J 10 6
H Q 8 7 3 2
D K 7
C 10 8 6
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 S
5 W
6 E
7 N
8 E
Lead
H 5
S 5
S 3
H 4
S 4
D Q
C 6
D 9
2nd
J!
9
10
K
J
5
K!
6
3rd
Q
Q
7!
2
K
3
7
4!
4th
S 2
6
A
C 2!
H 6
K
3
7
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
6 2
S Q 4 3
H A K J
D A 10 4 3
C 5 4 3
TableS K 8 7 5 2
H
D Q 9 8 2
C A K J 2
Bidding
Play
Resp to 1 of a suit
Finessing technique
S A 9
H 10 9 6 5 4
D J 6 5
C Q 9 7
4 S by East8 top tricksWin the restmade 5 -450


West

Pass
All Pass
North

1 H
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 D
4 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q 7 6
H A 8 7 5 4
D Q 6 3
C 7 5
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 N
4 E
5 S
6 S
7 N
8 S
9 N
10 S
Lead
S 2
H 10
H 4
C 2
H Q
S 3
D 3!
H 6
D 6!
D 2
2nd
K
3
K
A
S 8
9
5
C 8
K
8
3rd
4
A!
9!
3
7
Q
10
8
A
Q
4th
6
2
C 10
5
J
5
4
C 4
7
S 10
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S 9 8 4
H 3
D 9 8 7 4
C K 10 9 8 3
TableS J 10 5 2
H K J 2
D K 5
C Q 6 4 2
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Rebid by opener
Finessing technique
Protect dummy’s suit
Discard signal
S A K 3
H Q 10 9 6
D A J 10 2
C A J
4 H by North8 top tricksWin the restmade 6 +680


West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
3 NT
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
2 NT
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 7 5 3
H A Q 10 5
D J 5 4 3
C 10 5
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 S
4 E
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 S
10 S
Lead
S 4
D A
H 2
S 2
H 4
D J!
H 6
D 4
D 10
C A
2nd
3
2
7
A
8
Q
9
7
S 9
8
3rd
J
3
10
6
Q
K
A
8
5
5
4th
K
6
J
5
3
C 3
C 7
C 4
9
9
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S 10 9 6 4
H K 9 8 7
D 2
C K 8 4 3
TableS Q J 8 2
H J 3
D Q 9 7 6
C Q 9 7
Bidding
Play
Defense
Rebid by opener
Finessing technique
Choose lead at notrump
S A K
H 6 4 2
D A K 10 8
C A J 6 2
3 NT by South6 top tricksLose the restmade 3 +400


West
2 NT
6 NT
North
Pass
Pass
East
4 NT
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 9 7 6 4
H Q 10 9 8 7 2
D Q 8 5
C
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 W
5 W
6 E
7 N
8 E
9 E
Lead
H 10
C 4!
C 2
S A
S J
D 4!
H 8
D 10
C 3
2nd
J
H 2
10
4
6
2
K
7
8
3rd
4
A
Q
3
K
J
5
3
9
4th
A!
6
H 7
2
8
Q
3
5
S 7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S A Q J
H A 3
D A J 3
C K Q 9 5 4
TableS K 5 3
H K J
D 10 9 6 4
C A 7 3 2
Bidding
 
Play
 
Opening 2 NT & response
Quantitative 4 NT
Communication/entries
Finessing technique
S 10 8 2
H 6 5 4
D K 7 2
C J 10 8 6
6 NT by West9 top tricksClaim the restmade 6 -1440


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Practice 4A05 by Richard Pavlicek

Card Combinations II


West

Pass
North
1 NT
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
3 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S J 4 3
H K 5 4
D A K 10 9 8
C A Q
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 S
5 N
6 S
7 N
8 S
Lead
H 6
D K!
S 3!
D 4
S 4
S 2
H 4
S Q
2nd
9
Q
5
5
K
8
3
9
3rd
J
2
10
8
A
J
10!
C Q
4th
K
3
6
C 3
7
C 6
2
H 7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
7 0
8 0
S 9 8 7 6
H J 2
D 7 6 5 3
C 9 5 2
TableS K 5
H Q 8 7 6 3
D Q
C K 10 8 6 3
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
Opening one-bid
Response to 1 NT
Finessing technique
Choose lead at notrump
S A Q 10 2
H A 10 9
D J 4 2
C J 7 4
3 NT by North6 top tricksClaim the restmade 7 +520


West

2 NT
North

Pass
East
1 C
3 NT
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 10 8 2
H Q J 8 4 3
D 4
C K 9 8
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 N
5 E
6 E
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 W
Lead
H 4
C 2
C 4
H Q
C 10
C 6
D 2!
D 8
D 6
D K
2nd
5
8
J
A
D 3
S 5
5
S 2
9
H 3
3rd
10
A!
Q
7
3
5
Q
A
10
H 6
4th
K
7
K
2
9
S 8
4
7
S 10
J
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S K 3
H K 9 2
D K Q 10 8
C Q 5 3 2
TableS J 9 4
H A 6 5
D A 6 2
C A 10 6 4
Bidding
Play
Defense
Resp to 1 of a suit
Finessing technique
Discard signal
S Q 7 6 5
H 10 7
D J 9 7 5 3
C J 7
3 NT by West6 top tricksLose the restmade 3 -400


West

1 S
All Pass
North

3 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 8 6 4 2
H 8 7 6 4
D A J 9
C A Q
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 N
4 W
5 W
6 S
7 N
8 S
9 S
10 E
11 S
Lead
S K
C 7
H 4
S Q
S J
C K
H 6
H A
D 5
C 9
D 6
2nd
2
2
2
4
6
3
3
C 10
3
H 9
10
3rd
10
Q
J
5
C 5
A
10!
7
9!
J
J
4th
A
4
K
3
H 5
6
S 7
Q
Q
S 8
2
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
6 3
7 3
8 3
S K Q J 9 7
H K
D K 10 3
C J 10 3 2
TableS 10 5
H Q 3 2
D Q 4 2
C 9 8 6 5 4
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Cope with overcall
Finessing technique
Attitude signal
Make declarer ruff
S A 3
H A J 10 9 5
D 8 7 6 5
C K 7
4 H by South7 top tricksClaim the restmade 4 +420


West
1 C
2 C
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 S
3 NT
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S Q 8 7 4
H 10 8 2
D Q 10 7
C Q 6 5
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 S
5 W
Lead
H 5
C 3
S 2
D 8
S 6
2nd
4
2
4
A!
7
3rd
10
A!
9!
7
10!
4th
K
5
J
2
5
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
S 6 2
H 7 4
D A J 9 3
C A K 10 9 8
TableS A K 10 9 3
H K Q 6
D K 6 2
C 4 3
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Rebid after 2-over-1
Avoidance finesse
Finessing technique
Shift to another suit
S J 5
H A J 9 5 3
D 8 5 4
C J 7 2
3 NT by East6 top tricksCash 5 more winnersmade 3 -600


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Practice 4A09 by Richard Pavlicek

Card Combinations III


West

Pass
Pass
North
Pass
1 S
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
2 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S A 4 3 2
H J 3
D Q J 3 2
C 4 3 2
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 S
4 N
5 W
6 S
7 W
8 N
9 S
10 S
11 N
Lead
H 6
D 2!
D 4
C 2
S Q
D 5
S 5
C 3
C A
D 7
H 3
2nd
J
8
9
5
2
K
A
7
8
10
10
3rd
5
A
J
9!
6
3
8
J
4
Q
A
4th
2
6
S J!
Q
K
H 8
7
6
10
S 9
7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
9 2
S Q 5
H K 9 7 6
D K 10 9 6
C Q 8 6
TableS J 10 9 8 6
H 10 8 5
D 8
C K 10 7 5
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Rebid by opener
Play to trick one
Finessing technique
Discard signal
S K 7
H A Q 4 2
D A 7 5 4
C A J 9
3 NT by South6 top tricksLose the restmade 3 +400


West

2 C
3 NT
North

Pass
All Pass
East
1 NT
2 D
South
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S K 10 7 6
H A 10 8 6
D Q 9 7 5
C 3
Trick
1 S
2 S
3 E
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 E
8 W
9 W
10 E
Lead
S Q
S 8
D A
C 10!
D J!
C A
C 2
C K
D 6
D 10
2nd
2
4
2
4
Q
5
6
H 8
7
3rd
7
K
4
Q
K
8
9
H 2
8
4th
3
A
5
3
H 5
H 10
H 6
7
S 5
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S 4 2
H K Q 9 7
D J 6 4
C K Q 9 8
TableS A 3
H 4 3 2
D A K 10 8 3
C A 10 2
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
Stayman convention
Unblocking play
Finessing technique
When to cover honor
S Q J 9 8 5
H J 5
D 2
C J 7 6 5 4
3 NT by East6 top tricksLose last 2 tricksmade 4 -430


West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
4 H
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 C
2 H
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A 8 6 2
H A 8 7 5 4
D A 8 2
C 3
Trick
1 E
2 S
3 N
4 E
5 N
6 S
7 E
Lead
D J
H 10
H 4
D 9
H 5
S Q!
C 5
2nd
K
2
K
4
J
4
A!
3rd
7
A!
3
3
Q
2
8
4th
2
6
C 2
A
C 4
K
3
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
S J 4
H 2
D Q 7 6 3
C K 10 9 8 4 2
TableS K 7 5
H K J 6
D J 10 9 5
C 7 6 5
Bidding
Play
 
Follow up major raise
Finessing technique
Shun finesse
S Q 10 9 3
H Q 10 9 3
D K 4
C A Q J
4 H by North7 top tricksWin the restmade 5 +450


West
1 S
2 NT
4 S
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
2 D
3 S
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S A 2
H 8 7 5 3
D K 2
C 10 9 8 7 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 N
5 E
6 N
7 W
8 W
Lead
C 10
S 4
D 3
C 9?
S 3
C 8?
S Q
S 9!
2nd
J!
2
6
A
J
5
C 2
C 7
3rd
Q
K!
9!
4
5!
6
8
H 2
4th
K
7
K
3
A
S 6
10
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
3 2
4 2
5 2
S Q 9 6 5 4
H K 10 9
D A Q 9
C K 3
TableS K 8 3
H A 6 2
D 7 5 4 3
C A J 5
Bidding
 
Play
 
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Rebid after 2-over-1
Finessing technique
Automatic squeeze
Heart shift holds to 10
S J 10 7
H Q J 4
D J 10 8 6
C Q 6 4
4 S by West8 top tricksSouth is squeezedmade 5 -650


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Practice 4A13 by Richard Pavlicek

Card Combinations IV


West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
3 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S 10 3
H A K 3 2
D K 7 6 2
C K J 9
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 E
5 S
6 E
7 N
8 N
9 S
10 N
Lead
H J
D 2
D 4
H 7
C 3
H 9
C K
C 9
D 5
D 7!
2nd
5
8
9
Q
6
S 2
2
10
10
S 9
3rd
4
Q
6!
6
J
8
4
A
K
C 5
4th
K
3
A
2
Q
A
7
S 5
S 7
J
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
7 3
S K 8 6 5
H 8 6 4
D J 10 9 3
C 7 6
TableS J 9 7
H J 10 9 7
D A 8
C Q 10 8 2
Play
 
Finessing technique
Throw-in play
S A Q 4 2
H Q 5
D Q 5 4
C A 5 4 3
3 NT by North6 top tricksW endplayed, lose 1made 3 +400


West

1 S
3 H
North

Pass
Pass
East
1 H
1 NT
4 H
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A J 7
H Q 9 7 6
D Q J 9 6
C 8 7
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 E
4 N
5 W
6 E
7 N
8 W
9 W
Lead
C Q
H A!
S 2
C 8
H J
S 3
D Q
S K
H 5
2nd
4
3
6
2
Q
5
2
7
7
3rd
7
4
9!
6
K
10!
3
C 3
8
4th
K
6
J
A
C 9
A
A
8
D 5
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
S K 10 9 4
H J 5 4
D A 10 4
C A 5 4
TableS 3 2
H A K 10 8 2
D K 8 2
C K 3 2
Bidding
Play
Rebid by responder
Finessing technique
S Q 8 6 5
H 3
D 7 5 3
C Q J 10 9 6
4 H by East8 top tricksLose the last trickmade 4 -420


West

1 NT
6 NT
North

Pass
All Pass
East

4 NT
South
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S K 7 5
H Q 6
D 9 4 3 2
C Q 10 8 5
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 E
4 N
5 W
6 E
7 W
8 E
9 E
Lead
D 2
H 4
S Q!
D 3
H 5!
H 2
C 3
H J
S 10
2nd
6
6
2
8
Q
8
10
9
6
3rd
10
K
3
5
A
10
K
C J
8!
4th
A
3
K
Q
7
C 5
4
D 4
5
W L
1 0
2 0
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
S A 9 8 3
H 10 5 4
D A Q J
C A J 3
TableS Q 10 4
H A K J 2
D K 8 6
C K 9 2
Bidding
Play
Quantitative 4 NT
Finessing technique
S J 6 2
H 9 8 7 3
D 10 7 5
C 7 6 4
6 NT by West8 top tricksWin the restmade 6 -1440


West
Pass
Pass
North
1 C
3 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
Board 4
Both Vul
S J 8 5
H K 4 2
D A 6 4
C A Q 9 4
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 S
4 N
5 S
6 E
7 N
8 E
9 S
10 S
Lead
H Q
H 10
D 2
D 4
C 2
H 9
D 6
S 2
S A
D J
2nd
2
4
3
9
6
5
K
K!
7
3rd
6
7
A
Q
9!
8
7
3
8
4th
3
A
5
8
K
K
H J
5
4
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
4 2
4 3
5 3
6 3
S Q 7 3
H Q J 10 8
D 8 3
C J 10 8 6
TableS 10 9 4 2
H 9 7 6
D K 10 9 5
C K 7
Bidding
Play
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Finessing technique
Positional squeeze
S A K 6
H A 5 3
D Q J 7 2
C 5 3 2
3 NT by South6 top tricksWest is squeezedmade 4 +630


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Practice 4A17 by Richard Pavlicek

Card Combinations V


West

Pass
North
1 S
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 S
Board 1
None Vul
S A K 10 4 2
H 6 5 3
D A K J
C K 10
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 S
5 N
6 N
7 W
8 E
9 E
10 N
11 N
12 N
Lead
D 2
S K
S 2
S 9
S A
H 3
C 5
C J
C 6
D A
D J
H 5
2nd
3
3
H 2
8
D 8
4
K
8
D 4
10
H 8
10
3rd
Q
5
Q
10!
C 3
9!
A
2
Q
6
H 7
J
4th
K
6
7
D 5
J
Q
4
10
S 4
7
9
C 7
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
5 1
5 2
5 3
6 3
7 3
8 3
9 3
S J 8 7 6
H Q
D Q 9 7
C Q 9 7 5 2
TableS 3
H K 10 8 4 2
D 10 8 5 2
C A J 6
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Follow up major raise
Finessing technique
Choose discard
Protect dummy’s suit
S Q 9 5
H A J 9 7
D 6 4 3
C 8 4 3
4 S by North9 top tricksWin the last trickmade 4 +420


West

1 S
6 S
North

Pass
All Pass
East
Pass
3 S
South
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S K 4
H Q J 10 8 2
D 5 4 3
C K 10 9
Trick
1 N
2 E
3 N
4 E
5 E
Lead
H Q
S 3
H J
D 10
S 5
2nd
K
2
A
6
H 6
3rd
3
Q
5
2!
A
4th
C 3
K
C 4
3
4
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
S A Q J 10 9
H
D A K Q 2
C J 5 4 3
TableS 8 7 6 5 3
H A K 4
D 10 9
C A 6 2
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
Passed hand response
Slam decision
Finessing technique
When to cover honor
S 2
H 9 7 6 5 3
D J 8 7 6
C Q 8 7
6 S by West10 top tricksWin the restmade 6 -980


West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 H
East

Dbl
South
1 H
3 H
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 5 3
H K 3 2
D K J 3 2
C 6 4 2
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 W
4 S
5 S
6 W
7 E
Lead
H Q
C 2
H J
C A
C Q
S 4
S A
2nd
K
7
2
3
H 10
3
9
3rd
4
9!
5
4
6
K
6
4th
6
K
A
8
J
2
5
W L
1 0
1 1
2 1
3 1
3 2
3 3
3 4
S Q 7 6 4
H Q J 10
D 10 8 7 6
C K 3
TableS A K J 8
H 5 4
D Q 9 4
C J 10 8 7
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Cope with T/O double
Follow up major raise
Finessing technique
Ruff in short hand
Leading trumps
S 9 2
H A 9 8 7 6
D A 5
C A Q 9 5
3 H by South7 top tricksWin the restmade 3 +140


West
1 NT
4 H
5 S
6 C
North
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
East
3 H
4 NT
5 NT
6 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S J 4 3
H 6 5 4
D J 2
C Q 10 8 3 2
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 E
6 N
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 W
11 E
Lead
S 2
H 7
H 3
H K
D 4
S 4
D 6
C 7
C 4
H J
H 8!
2nd
5
2
5
C 6
5
A
8
2
J
C 8
3rd
J
A
9
10
10
6
Q
K
A
Q
4th
K
4
C 5
6
J
7
2
9
3
S 10
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S 8 7 5
H A J 10 3
D A Q 10 3
C A 7
TableS A K 9
H K Q 9 8 7
D 7 6 4
C K 4
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
Response to 1 NT
Blackwood convention
Finessing technique
Automatic squeeze
Protect dummy’s suit
S Q 10 6 2
H 2
D K 9 8 5
C J 9 6 5
6 H by East10 top tricksSouth is squeezedmade 6 -1430


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