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Key Plays at Notrump

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
Both Vul
S A 9 3
H Q 3
D 10 4 3 2
C A 7 5 3
Lead: H 10 Table
 
 
 
S K 7 6 4
H A K 2
D Q J
3 NT SouthC K 6 4 2

How many top tricks?

Which two suits do you plan to establish?

What is the key play?

A. Duck a club first

B. Duck a spade first

C. Lead a diamond first

2.
None Vul
S Q 8 2
H 10 7
D A 8 7 6 3
C K 5 4
Lead: H 4 Table
 
 
 
S A K 3
H A 6 5
D K 2
3 NT SouthC Q 10 9 8 3

How many top tricks?

On which round do you win the H A? (1 2 3)

What is the key play?

A. Lead the C 10 and let it ride

B. Lead the C 3 to the king then finesse the C 10

C. Win the D K and duck a diamond

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3.
Both Vul
S 7 6 3
H K 9 5
D J 9 5
C A K 9 8
Lead: H 3 Table
 
 
 
S K 5
H A 8 2
D A K Q 2
3 NT SouthC 6 5 4 2

How many top tricks?

Which defender is more dangerous?

What is the key play?

A. Lead the C 2 and finesse the eight

B. Try to duck a club to West

C. Lead a spade to your king

4.
E-W Vul
S K Q J 2
H 7 4
D 8 7 6 2
C A K 2
Lead: H J Table
 
 
 
S A 6
H A K 6 2
D A K 3
6 NT SouthC Q 9 7 3

How many top tricks?

Do you Win the first trick or Duck? (W D)

What is the key play?

A. Lead the D 3

B. Cash the D A-K; if both defenders follow up-the-line, lead the D 3

C. Run the spades and clubs

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5.
N-S Vul
S 6 5
H 9 2
D A K J 10 9
C 7 5 4 2
Lead: H 5 Table
 
 
 
S K 10 9 2
H A K
D Q 5 3
3 NT SouthC A Q 6 3

How many top tricks?

Should you run the diamond suit first?

What is the key play?

A. Take the club finesse

B. Lead the S 5 and finesse the nine

C. Lead the S 5 to the king

6.
E-W Vul
S K J 10
H K 8
D A K J 5
C A 7 5 4
Lead: H 2 Table
 
 
 
S 9 6 5
H J 7 4
D 8 4 2
3 NT SouthC K Q J 2

How many top tricks?

Which heart do you play from dummy?

What is the key play?

A. Lead the S 5 to the jack

B. Lead the S 5 to the king then take the diamond finesse

C. Lead the D 2 and finesse the jack

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