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Controlling the Ruffs

As declarer with spades trump, your only concern is the two suits shown.
Decide your goal (tricks to win) and choose your play (A, B or C).

1.
S trump
S A 3 2
H 3 2
North leads Table
 
 
 
S 8 7 6 5 4
H A 5 4

Out of 8 tricks, what is your goal to win?

How would you play?

A. Duck a heart then duck a spade

B. Duck a spade then duck a heart

C. Win S A then duck a heart

2.
S trump
S 4 3 2
H A 3 2
North leads Table
 
 
 
S A K J 6 5
H K Q 5 4

Out of 9 tricks, what is your usual goal to win?

How would you play?

A. Win S A; H A; then finesse S J

B. Win S A then cash hearts

C. Win S A-K then cash hearts

3.
S trump
S 5 4 3 2
H 3 2
Lead: H J Table
 
 
 
S A 8 7 6
H A K 5 4

Out of 8 tricks, what is your goal to win?

You win H A; then what?

A. Win H K then ruff a heart

B. Win S A; H K; then ruff a heart

C. Lead S 6

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4.
S trump
S 5 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
Lead: H 9 Table
 
 
 
S 9 8 7 6
H A K Q 5

Out of 8 tricks, what is your goal to win?

You win H A; then what?

A. Lead spades once only

B. Lead spades twice

C. Cash the top hearts right away

5.
S trump
S K 3 2
H 3 2
North leads Table
 
 
 
S A 7 6 5 4
H A 6 5 4

Out of 9 tricks, what is your goal to win?

How would you play?

A. Duck a spade

B. Win S K then duck a heart

C. Duck a heart then win S K

6.
S trump
S 4 3 2
H Q 3 2
Lead: H 6 TableEast plays H J
 
 
 
S A 8 7 6 5
H K 10 9 4

Out of 9 tricks, what is your goal to win?

You win H K; then what?

A. Win S A then lead a spade

B. Win S A then lead hearts

C. Duck a spade then win S A

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7.
S trump
S Q J 2
H 4 3 2
Lead: H Q Table
 
 
 
S A K 5 4 3
H A K 6 5

Out of 9 tricks, what is your goal to win?

You win H A; then what?

A. Duck a heart

B. Win S Q; S K; then duck a heart

C. Win S Q; H K; then lose a heart

8.
S trump
S Q 3 2
H 3 2
Lead: H Q Table
 
 
 
S A 7 6 5 4
H A K 5 4

Out of 9 tricks, what is your goal to win?

How would you play?

A. Win H A-K then ruff a heart

B. Win H A then lead S 4 toward queen

C. Duck a heart

9.
S trump
S 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
North leads Table
 
 
 
S A K 7 6 5
H A K 6 5

Out of 9 tricks, what is your goal to win?

How would you play?

A. Win S A; H A; H K; lose a heart

B. Win S A then duck a heart

C. Win S A then duck a spade

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