Exercise 4F41 by Richard Pavlicek
As South, answer each question. Assume no enemy bidding and standard defensive play.
East plays the K and you brilliantly win. There goes one of your aces, so try to make the best of your other two.
Which opponent do you think has longer clubs?
What is the best play?
A. Cash the A then lead spadesB. Lead the A and another heartC. Lead a low heart from your hand
East wins the A and returns the 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 9 remains outstanding.
Which opponent has the remaining heart?
A. Cash the Q then lead diamondsB. Lead a spade to dummys jackC. Run the diamond suit
West next leads the 4 to Easts ace and you ruff. You lead the 4 to the queen and ace; East returns the 5 which you ruff.
How were the enemy spades split originally?
A. Cash the KB. Win the J then finesse the 10C. Take the club finesse
East wins the A and returns the 2, which you ruff. You next lead the Q which wins, then the J bad news, West pitches a club which you run to Easts king. East returns the 10.
Which opponent do you think has the Q?
A. Discard the JB. Ruff then run the club suitC. Ruff then lead a heart to the ace
East plays the Q and you win the ace. You next lead the A (both follow) then the K on which East pitches a spade.
Which opponent do you think has the J?
A. Cash the Q then run the club suitB. Lead the Q and another heartC. Win the K then ruff a diamond
West continues with the Q which you ruff (East played high-low). You lead a heart to the king which wins, then the Q on which East pitches a spade; West wins the ace and leads the J (East plays 7).
Which opponent do you think has the A?
A. Discard the 2B. Ruff then run the club suitC. Ruff then lead your high trump
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