Main   Exercise 4C50 by Richard Pavlicek  

Counting Tricks at Notrump

As South, answer each question.

1.
None Vul
S J 2
H A K 6 4
D J 10 6
C A 8 4 2
West

Pass
North
1 C
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
Lead: S 5 Table
 
 
 
S Q 8 3
H Q 7 2
D Q 7 2
1 NT SouthC K 7 6 3

How many top tricks do you have in spades?

…in hearts?

…in diamonds?

…in clubs?

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

How many additional tricks are possible in spades?

…in hearts?

…in diamonds?

…in clubs?

Which spade do you play from dummy at trick one?

Which suit do you plan to work on first to obtain additional tricks?

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2.
E-W Vul
S A K J 6 5
H A 5 4
D K 4 3
C Q J
West

Pass
North
1 S
2 NT
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
Lead: D 7 Table
 
 
 
S 4
H 7 6 3 2
D Q J 5
2 NT SouthC K 10 9 8 2

How many top tricks do you have in spades?

…in hearts?

…in diamonds?

…in clubs?

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

How many additional tricks are possible in spades?

…in hearts?

…in diamonds?

…in clubs?

Which diamond do you play from dummy at trick one?

Which suit do you plan to work on first to obtain additional tricks?

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3.
Both Vul
S Q 5 4
H A 7 5 3
D 8 4 2
C A K 7
West

Pass
North
1 C
Pass
East
1 S
Pass
South
3 NT
Lead: S 10 Table
 
 
 
S K 9 3
H K 6 4
D A Q 7
3 NT SouthC Q 8 4 3

How many top tricks do you have in spades?

…in hearts?

…in diamonds?

…in clubs?

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

How many additional tricks are possible in spades?

…in hearts?

…in diamonds?

…in clubs?

Which spade do you play from dummy at trick one?

Which suit do you plan to work on first to obtain additional tricks?

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek