Main   Exercise 4E53 by Richard Pavlicek  

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.
E-W Vul
S A 5 4
H 10 9 8 7 6
D 9 8 5 3
C 3
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 D1
East

Pass
South
1 NT
2 H
Lead: S J Table
 
 
 
S 9 3 2

1. Jacoby transfer bid

H K Q 3
D A 6 4
2 H SouthC 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 do you lead?

Which is the last suit you will lead?

2.
None Vul
S K 10 8
H J 10 2
D 5 3 2
C K J 8 4
West

Pass
Dbl
All Pass
North

2 H
Pass
East

Pass
2 S
South
1 H
Pass
3 H
Lead: D J Table
 
 
 
S Q 2
H Q 9 8 7 6 4
D A 8 4
3 H SouthC A 3

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have?

What is your general plan?

After winning the D A, which card do you lead?

What are your plays at the next trick?

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3.
None Vul
S A Q 9 7 5 3
H 7 5 2
D J 4
C A 4
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

1 S
3 H
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 H
2 C
4 H
Lead: S 10 Table
 
 
 
S 2
H A K Q J 10
D 10 8
4 H SouthC 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.
N-S Vul
S Q 10 5
H A Q 9 8
D 10 8 6 2
C 4 2
West

1 S
All Pass
North

2 H
East

4 S
South
1 H
5 H
Lead: S K Table
 
 
 
S J
H K J 10 7 6
D A J 7
5 H SouthC A K J 3

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have?

What is your general plan?

West shifts to H 5. Do you win it in North or South?

What are your plays at the next trick?

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5.
None Vul
S 8 5 4 3
H 9 8 7 6 5
D A
C A K J
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

3 H
4 C
6 C
East

Pass
Pass
Pass
South
1 H
3 S
5 H
6 H
Lead: H J TableEast plays H 2
 
 
 
S A Q 10
H A K Q 4 3
D Q J 4
6 H SouthC 3 2

Excluding ruffs, how many top tricks do you have?

What is your general plan?

Which suit will you lead at trick two?

Which is the last suit you will lead?

6.
None Vul
S K Q J 10 9 8
H A Q J 7
D 2
C 8 7
West

Pass
Pass
North
1 S
4 H
7 H
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
2 H
5 NT
Lead: C J TableEast plays C 6
 
 
 
S
H K 10 9 8 4
D A K Q 8 4
7 H SouthC 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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© 1996 Richard Pavlicek