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Controlling the Ruffs


As South, declarer, assume your only concern is the two suits shown. Spades are trump. Answer each question about the play.

1.
S A 3 2
H 3 2
North leadsTable
S 8 7 6 5 4
H A 5 4

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

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck a heart then duck a spade
  2. Duck a spade then duck a heart
  3. Win S A then duck a heart
2.
S 4 3 2
H A 3 2
North leadsTable
S A K J 6 5
H K Q 5 4

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

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win S A; H A; then finesse S J
  2. Win S A then cash hearts
  3. Win S A-K then cash hearts
3.
S 5 4 3 2
H 3 2
Lead: H JTable
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? _____

  1. Win H K then ruff a heart
  2. Win S A; H K; then ruff a heart
  3. Lead S 6
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S 5 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
Lead: H 9Table
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? _____

  1. Lead spades once only
  2. Lead spades twice
  3. Cash the top hearts right away
5.
S K 3 2
H 3 2
North leadsTable
S A 7 6 5 4
H A 6 5 4

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

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck a spade
  2. Win S K then duck a heart
  3. Duck a heart then win S K
6.
S 4 3 2
H Q 3 2
Lead: H 6TableEast 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? _____

  1. Win S A then lead a spade
  2. Win S A then lead hearts
  3. Duck a spade then win S A
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S Q J 2
H 4 3 2
Lead: H QTable
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? _____

  1. Duck a heart
  2. Win S Q; S K; then duck a heart
  3. Win S Q; H K; then lose a heart
8.
S Q 3 2
H 3 2
North leadsTable
S A 7 6 5 4
H A K 5 4

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

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win H A-K then ruff a heart
  2. Win H A then lead S 4 toward queen
  3. Duck a heart
9.
S 4 3 2
H 4 3 2
North leadsTable
S A K 7 6 5
H A K 6 5

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

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win S A; H A; H K; lose a heart
  2. Win S A then duck a heart
  3. Win S A then duck a spade
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Answers

1.5
A

2.8
C

3.6
C

4.5
B

5.7
C

6.6
A

7.8
C

8.7
A

9.7
B

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