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Three Ruff Contracts


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

1. 4 H South

S J 4
H 9 8 4 3
D A 9 5 4 3
C J 2
Lead: H JTableEast plays H 6
S A 3
H A K 5 2
D K 2
C A 9 5 4 3
None Vul

West



Pass

Pass
North



_____

_____
East



Pass

Pass
South

_____

_____

_____

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

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? _____

After winning the H K, will you cash the H A? _____

Which side suit card will you lead first? _____

Assuming 3-2 trumps, how many tricks will you win if the above suit breaks 4-2? _____

How many tricks will you win if it breaks 3-3? _____

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

West



Pass

Pass
North

_____

_____

_____
East

Pass

Pass

Pass
South

_____

_____

_____

Excluding ruffs, how many trump tricks will you win? _____

How many top tricks in the side suits? _____

Which side suits offer a chance to gain a trick? _____

Would you gain a trick if you could ruff a spade? _____

How many diamonds would you need to ruff to gain a trick? _____

Assuming a trump shift, how many rounds will you win immediately? _____

If trumps break 3-2, which suit do you intend to ruff? _____

If trumps break 4-1, will this change your plan? _____

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S Q 10 6 5
H K 7 4
D A 6 2
C A 9 4
Lead: D KTableEast plays D 8
S 3
H A Q J 10 5
D 9 7 5 4
C K Q 3
Both Vul

West



Pass

Pass
North

_____

_____

_____
East

Pass

Pass

Pass
South

_____

_____

_____

Excluding ruffs, how many trump tricks will you win? _____

How many top tricks in the side suits? _____

Which side suits offer a chance to gain a trick? _____

Would you gain a trick if you could ruff a diamond? _____

How many spades would you need to ruff to gain a trick? _____

Will you use the holdup play at trick one? _____

After winning the D A, how many rounds of trumps will you lead? _____

Which side suit card will you lead first? _____

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Answers

1.1 C
1 D2 H
3 H4 H
3
4
C D
C 
No
C 3
10
11

2.1 NT2 C
2 D3 H
4 H6 H
5
6
S D
Yes
3
2
D 
Yes

3.1 C1 H
1 S2 D
2 H4 H
5
4
S D
Yes
3
No
None
D 2

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