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Six Ruff Decisions


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 2 S South

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

How many trump winners? _____

How many side winners? _____

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

  1. Win the C A and ruff a club
  2. Lead the H 3 to your jack
  3. Lead the S 2 and finesse the queen
2. 5 D South

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

How many trump winners? _____

How many side winners? _____

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

  1. Win the S Q and ruff a heart; try to ruff all of dummy’s hearts
  2. Win the D K first then ruff hearts…
  3. Lead a club
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S A 9 6 5 2
H K 6 4 3
D 3 2
C 6 4
Lead: H QTable
S K 3
H A 8 5 2
D A K 9 6 5
C Q 2

How many trump winners? _____

How many side winners? _____

After winning the H A what is the best play? _____

  1. Win S K-A and ruff a spade
  2. Win H K, S K-A, ruff a spade
  3. Win H K, D K-A, ruff a diamond
4. 6 S South

S Q J 10
H A 4 3
D A 8 2
C Q 8 3 2
Lead: C JTable
S A K 8 7 5 2
H K Q 8 2
D K 4 3
C

How many trump winners? _____

How many side winners? _____

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

  1. Win the S Q and ruff a club; try to ruff all of dummy’s clubs
  2. Win the S Q then win H K-A-Q
  3. Win the S Q-J then win H K-A-Q
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S 2
H K 3
D J 9 6 5 4
C J 8 6 4 3
Lead: H JTable
S A Q 6 5
H A 7 6 2
D 8
C K Q 10 9

How many trump winners? _____

How many side winners? _____

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

  1. Win the H K and finesse the S Q
  2. Win the H K, S A and ruff a spade
  3. Win the H A and lead a diamond
6. 4 S South

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

How many trump winners? _____

How many side winners? _____

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

  1. Lead a club
  2. Cash S A-K, D K-Q, diamond ruff, H A-K and ruff a heart
  3. Cash S A-K then lead a club
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Answers

1.3
4
B

2.6
4
C

3.3
4
C

4.6
5
A

5.4
3
C

6.3
5
B

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