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Six Ruff Decisions

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
None Vul
S 6 4 2
H Q 3
D 7 5 2
C A K 4 3 2
Lead: C Q Table
 
 
 
S A Q 7 5 3
H J 6 2
D A K 4
2 S SouthC 7 5

How many trump winners?

How many side winners?

After winning the C K, what is the best play?

A. Win the C A and ruff a club

B. Lead the H 3 to your jack

C. Lead the S 2 and finesse the queen

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

How many trump winners?

How many side winners?

After winning the C A, what is the best play?

A. Win the S Q and ruff a heart; try to ruff all of dummy’s hearts

B. Win the D K first then ruff hearts…

C. Lead a club

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

How many trump winners?

How many side winners?

After winning the H A what is the best play?

A. Win S K-A and ruff a spade

B. Win H K, S K-A, ruff a spade

C. Win H K, D K-A, ruff a diamond

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

How many trump winners?

How many side winners?

After ruffing the first trick, what is the best play?

A. Win the S Q and ruff a club; try to ruff all of dummy’s clubs

B. Win the S Q then win H K-A-Q

C. Win the S Q-J then win H K-A-Q

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

How many trump winners?

How many side winners?

What is the best play? (Enemy clubs break 2-2)

A. Win the H K and finesse the S Q

B. Win the H K, S A and ruff a spade

C. Win the H A and lead a diamond

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

How many trump winners?

How many side winners?

After winning the D A, what is the best play?

A. Lead a club

B. Cash S A-K, D K-Q, diamond ruff, H A-K and ruff a heart

C. Cash S A-K then lead a club

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek