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Tactical Considerations


How’s your heart health? As South, make 2 H to 7 H! Select a general plan (CDELRT) from:
Crossruff, Desperation finesse, Elimination, Loser-on-loser, Ruffing finesse, Transfer ruff.

1. 2 H South

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

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have? _____

What is your general plan? _____

After winning the S A, which card will you lead? _____

Which is the last suit you will lead? _____

2. 3 H South

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

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have? _____

What is your general plan? _____

After winning the D A, which card will you lead? _____

What are your plays to the next trick? _____ _____

TopMain 3. 4 H South

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

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have? _____

Which opponent is likely to have longer clubs? _____

What is your general plan? _____

How many trumps will draw immediately? _____

4. 5 H South

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

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have? _____

What is your general plan? _____

West leads H 5 at trick two. Where do you win it? _____

What are your plays to the next trick? _____ _____

TopMain 5. 6 H South

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

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have? _____

What is your general plan? _____

Which card will you lead at trick two? _____

Which is the last suit you will lead? _____

6. 7 H South

S K Q J 10 9 8
H A Q J 7
D 2
C 8 7
Lead: C JTableEast plays C 6
S
H K 10 9 8 4
D A K Q 8 4
C A K 2

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have? _____

What is your general plan? _____

How many top diamonds will you cash? _____

Which is the last suit you will lead? _____

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Answers

1.6
R
C 3
H 

2.7
D
C A
C 3C J

3.8
West
T
None

4.8
L
North
S 10D 7

5.9
E
D 4
S 

6.10
C
2
H 

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