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Tricks of the Trade


As South, answer each question.

1. 3 NT South

S Q 9 6 3
H 8 5 3
D A 6
C A 8 4 2
Lead: H 4TableEast plays H Q
S J 10 4
H A K 6
D K Q 2
C K J 6 5
Both Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 D

How many top tricks do you have in all four suits? _____

How many additional tricks do you need to make your contract? _____

Which suit(s), if any, may provide an extra trick with an honor card? _____

Which suit(s), if any, may provide an extra trick by its length? _____

Does the lead look like Fourth best, a Short suit, or an Honor sequence? _____

Do you plan to use the holdup play on the first trick? _____

Is one specific opponent more dangerous than the other? If so, who? _____

In which suit do you plan to establish your first additional trick? _____

TopMain 2. 6 NT South

S Q J 5 4 3
H A 10 9 6
D A 2
C 6 4
Lead: C 5TableEast plays C 9
S A 10
H Q J 8
D K Q J 10 7
C A K 8
N-S Vul

West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

3 C
3 S
6 NT
East

Dbl
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
3 D
3 NT

How many top tricks do you have in all four suits? _____

How many additional tricks do you need to make your contract? _____

Which suit(s), if any, may provide an extra trick with an honor card? _____

Which suit(s), if any, may provide an extra trick by its length? _____

Does the lead look like Fourth best, a Short suit, or an Honor sequence? _____

Do you plan to use the holdup play on the first trick? _____

Is one specific opponent more dangerous than the other? If so, who? _____

In which suit do you plan to establish your first additional trick? _____

TopMain 3. 3 NT South

S 6 5 4
H 9 7 2
D 4 3
C A K 8 5 2
Lead: S 3TableEast plays S K
S A 8 2
H A 4 3
D A K Q 8 2
C 10 3
E-W Vul

West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 NT
East

Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT

How many top tricks do you have in all four suits? _____

How many additional tricks do you need to make your contract? _____

Which suit(s), if any, may provide an extra trick with an honor card? _____

Which suit(s), if any, may provide an extra trick by its length? _____

Does the lead look like Fourth best, a Short suit, or an Honor sequence? _____

Do you plan to use the holdup play on the first trick? _____

Is one specific opponent more dangerous than the other? If so, who? _____

In which suit do you plan to establish your first additional trick? _____

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Answers

1.7
2
S C
C 
F
Yes
West
Spade

2.9
3
S H
S 
S
No
No
Spade

3.7
2
None
D C
F
No
No
Club

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