Main   Exercise 4D41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Counting Tricks at Suits

As South, answer each question.

1.
N-S Vul
S 10 2
H Q 10 3
D K 7 3
C A 9 7 6 2
West

Pass
Pass
North

1 NT
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
3 S
Lead: C Q Table
 
 
 
S A K Q J 9 4
H 7 2
D A 8 6 2
4 S SouthC 3

How many trump winners do you have for certain? (Do not count ruffs)

How many top tricks do you have in the three side suits?

How many additional tricks are required 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?

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

Which side suit will you work on first to obtain an additional trick?

How many rounds of trumps will you lead immediately?

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2.
Both Vul
S 9 7 3
H 7 6 3
D A Q 8 5 4
C 7 2
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

2 D
3 S
4 D
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 C
2 S
4 C
6 S
Lead: H J Table
 
 
 
S A K Q 5 2
H A
D 6 3
6 S SouthC A K Q 6 3

How many trump winners do you expect with a 3-2 break? (Do not count ruffs)

How many top tricks do you have in the three side suits?

How many additional tricks are required 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?

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

Which side suit will you work on first to obtain an additional trick?

How many rounds of trumps will you lead immediately?

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

Pass
Pass
North
1 S
2 H
5 C
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
2 C
3 C
Lead: D 7 Table
 
 
 
S 2
H K 6 4
D A 9 2
5 C SouthC K 9 8 7 6 3

How many trump winners do you expect with a 3-1 break? (Do not count ruffs)

How many top tricks do you have in the three side suits?

How many additional tricks are required 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?

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

Which side suit will you work on first to obtain an additional trick?

How many rounds of trumps will you lead immediately?

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