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Key Plays at Notrump


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 3 NT South

S A 9 3
H Q 3
D 10 4 3 2
C A 7 5 3
Lead: H 10Table
S K 7 6 4
H A K 2
D Q J
C K 6 4 2

How many top tricks? _____

Which two suits do you plan to establish? _____

What is the key play? _____

  1. Duck a club first
  2. Duck a spade first
  3. Lead a diamond first
2. 3 NT South

S Q 8 2
H 10 7
D A 8 7 6 3
C K 5 4
Lead: H 4Table
S A K 3
H A 6 5
D K 2
C Q 10 9 8 3

How many top tricks? _____

On which round will you win the H A? _____

What is the key play? _____

  1. Lead the C 10 and let it ride
  2. Lead the C 3 to the king then finesse the C 10
  3. Win the D K and duck a diamond
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S 7 6 3
H K 9 5
D J 9 5
C A K 9 8
Lead: H 3Table
S K 5
H A 8 2
D A K Q 2
C 6 5 4 2

How many top tricks? _____

Which defender is more dangerous? _____

What is the key play? _____

  1. Lead the C 2 and finesse the eight
  2. Try to duck a club to West
  3. Lead a spade to your king
4. 6 NT South

S K Q J 2
H 7 4
D 8 7 6 2
C A K 2
Lead: H JTable
S A 6
H A K 6 2
D A K 3
C Q 9 7 3

How many top tricks? _____

Do you win the first trick or duck? _____

What is the key play? _____

  1. Lead the D 3
  2. Cash the D A-K; if both defenders follow up-the-line, lead the D 3
  3. Run the spades and clubs
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S 6 5
H 9 2
D A K J 10 9
C 7 5 4 2
Lead: H 5Table
S K 10 9 2
H A K
D Q 5 3
C A Q 6 3

How many top tricks? _____

Should you run the diamond suit first? _____

What is the key play? _____

  1. Take the club finesse
  2. Lead the S 5 and finesse the nine
  3. Lead the S 5 to the king
6. 3 NT South

S K J 10
H K 8
D A K J 5
C A 7 5 4
Lead: H 2Table
S 9 6 5
H J 7 4
D 8 4 2
C K Q J 2

How many top tricks? _____

Which heart do you play from dummy? _____

What is the key play? _____

  1. Lead the S 5 to the jack
  2. Lead the S 5 to the king then take the diamond finesse
  3. Lead the D 2 and finesse the jack
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Answers

1.7
C D
C

2.6
3rd
A

3.8
East
B

4.11
Win
A

5.8
No
C

6.6
H 8
A

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