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Trump Problems


As South, answer each question. Assume no enemy bidding and standard defensive play.

1. 2 H South

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

East plays the C K and you brilliantly win. There goes one of your aces, so try to make the best of your other two.

Which opponent is longer in clubs? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the H A then lead spades
  2. Lead the H A and another heart
  3. Lead a low heart from your hand
2. 4 H South

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

East wins the C A and returns the C 5 which you ruff. You lead a heart to the king, then a heart to the ace on which East plays the jack and West the 10. Curiously, the H 9 remains outstanding.

Which opponent is falsecarding in hearts? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the H Q then lead diamonds
  2. Lead a spade to dummy’s jack
  3. Run the diamond suit
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S 10 8 6 2
H Q 6 2
D J 2
C A 8 6 4
Lead: S KTable
S 3
H K 10 9 4 3
D A K Q 10 4
C Q J

West continues with the S 4 to East’s ace and you ruff. You next lead the H 4 to the queen and ace; East returns another spade which you ruff.

How are the spades split? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the H K
  2. Win the D J then finesse the H 10
  3. Take the club finesse
4. 4 H South

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

East wins the D A and returns the D 2 which you ruff. You next lead the H Q which wins, then the H J — bad news, West pitches a club — which you run to East’s king. East returns the D 10.

Who has the D Q? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Discard the S J
  2. Ruff then run the club suit
  3. Ruff then lead a heart to the ace
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S Q 4
H 8 5 3
D 7 2
C A Q J 10 6 5
Lead: D 5Table
S J 5 3
H A K Q 4 2
D A K 6 3
C K

East plays the D Q and you win the ace. You next lead the H A (both follow) then the H K on which East pitches a spade.

Who has the D J? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the H Q then run the club suit
  2. Lead the H Q and another heart
  3. Win the D K then ruff a diamond
6. 4 H South

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

West continues with the D Q which you ruff (East played high-low). You lead a heart to the king which wins, then the H Q on which East pitches a spade; West wins the ace and leads the D J (East plays D 7).

Who has the D A? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Discard the S 2
  2. Ruff then run the club suit
  3. Ruff then lead your high trump
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Answers

1.East
C

2.West
B

3.4-4
A

4.East
A

5.West
B

6.East
B

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