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Suit Bidding and Planning

Fill in the missing North-South bids and answer each question.

1. S A 10 7 6WestNorthEastSouth
None VulH A Q 6 3
D 2Pass
C Q 8 6 5
 TablePassPass
Lead: H J 
 PassPass
 
S K 8 5 2
H 4
D A K 9 8 7 6
4 S SouthC 4 2

Excluding ruffs, how many trump tricks will you win with a normal break?

How many top tricks in the side suits?

Will you take the heart finesse at trick one?

What are your plays at trick two?

What are your plays at trick three?

Which trump honor will you win first?

How many rounds of trumps will you lead?

Which card will you lead next?

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2. S 7 6 5 2WestNorthEastSouth
N-S VulH A 6 2
D A Q 6 52 S
C K 3
 TablePassPass
Lead: S K East plays S A
 PassAll Pass
 
S J
H K 9 7 3
D 4
5 C SouthC A Q J 10 9 8 2

Excluding ruffs, how many sure trump tricks do you have?

How many top tricks in the side suits?

Which side suits offer a chance to gain a trick?

Which side suit offers the best chance?

East leads a spade at trick two. What is your play?

How many trumps will you draw immediately?

Which heart honor will you win first?

Do you plan to duck a heart?

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3. S K 10 9WestNorthEastSouth
Both VulH A 4 3
D J 3 2Pass
C A J 5 4
 TablePassPass
Lead: S 8 East plays S 4
 PassPass
 
S A Q J 3 2
H Q 6 5 2
D A K Q 4
6 S SouthC

Excluding ruffs, how many sure trump tricks do you have?

How many top tricks in the side suits?

Which side suits offer a chance to gain a trick?

Which side suit offers the best chance?

How many club ruffs are needed to gain one trick?

What are your plays at trick two?

at trick three?

Assuming trumps break 3-2, what are your plays at trick four?

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