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Three Ruff Contracts

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

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

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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2. S K Q 7WestNorthEastSouth
E-W VulH K Q 4
D 10 6 5 3Pass
C K Q J
 TablePassPass
Lead: D 7 East wins D A
 PassPass
 
S A 8 6 2
H A J 10 9 8
D K
6 H SouthC A 3 2

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

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 will you lead first?

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek