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Trumped-up Charges


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

1. 4 H South

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

You win the H A then lead a heart to the king, on which East discards the S 3.

How many hearts did West start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead high diamonds until West ruffs
  2. Lead another trump
  3. Lead a spade to your king
2. 4 S South

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

At trick two East leads the H 4, you ruff low and West plays the H 3.

Which two suits must you establish to succeed? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead trumps twice then lead diamonds
  2. Lead trumps twice then lead clubs
  3. Draw three rounds of trumps
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S A K 8 4
H A 8 2
D Q 6 2
C 5 4 2
Lead: S QTableEast plays S 3
S 2
H 9 7 5 4 3
D A K 7 3
C A J 3

You win the first trick with the S K.

How many top tricks if trumps break 3-2? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the H A and another heart
  2. Lead the H 2; later cash the H A
  3. Duck two rounds of trumps
4. 6 S South

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

West continues with the C Q and you ruff. You cash the S A and West pitches a club.

How many spades did East start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash one diamond then lead hearts
  2. Cash two diamonds then lead hearts
  3. Cash one trump then lead hearts
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S 7 6 4 3
H A 10 7
D 9 6 4
C K 4 3
Lead: S KTableEast plays S 10
S J
H K J 9 8 2
D A K 3
C A Q 5 2

At trick two West leads the S 2 to East’s ace and you ruff.

How many top tricks assuming a trump loser? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the H A then finesse thru East
  2. Win the H K then finesse thru West
  3. Win the H K and H A
6. 4 S South

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

At trick two West leads the C 6 to East’s ace.

How many top tricks if diamonds break 3-2? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Ruff and lead diamonds
  2. Ruff and draw three rounds of trumps
  3. Discard a heart
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Answers

1.4
B

2.C D
A

3.9
B

4.5
A

5.9
C

6.10
C

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