Main   Exercise 4C44 by Richard Pavlicek  

Tricks of the Trade

As South, answer each question.

1.
Both Vul
S Q 9 6 3
H 8 5 3
D A 6
C A 8 4 2
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
3 NT
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 D
Lead: H 4 TableEast plays H Q
 
 
 
S J 10 4
H A K 6
D K Q 2
3 NT SouthC K J 6 5

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) may yield an extra trick by an honor?

Which suit(s) may yield an extra trick by length?

Does the lead look like Fourth best, Short suit or Honor sequence? (F S H)

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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2.
N-S Vul
S Q J 5 4 3
H A 10 9 6
D A 2
C 6 4
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
North

3 C
3 S
6 NT
East

Dbl
Pass
All Pass
South
2 NT
3 D
3 NT
Lead: C 5 TableEast plays C 9
 
 
 
S A 10
H Q J 8
D K Q J 10 7
6 NT SouthC A K 8

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) may yield an extra trick by an honor?

Which suit(s) may yield an extra trick by length?

Does the lead look like Fourth best, Short suit or Honor sequence? (F S H)

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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3.
E-W Vul
S 6 5 4
H 9 7 2
D 4 3
C A K 8 5 2
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 NT
East

Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT
Lead: S 3 TableEast plays S K
 
 
 
S A 8 2
H A 4 3
D A K Q 8 2
3 NT SouthC 10 3

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

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

How many suits may yield an extra trick by an honor?

Which suit(s) may yield an extra trick by length?

Does the lead look like Fourth best, Short suit or Honor sequence? (F S H)

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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