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Lead and Defend at Notrump


As West, decide your opening lead and subsequent defense on each deal. Assume South opens 1 NT and North jumps directly to 3 NT.

1. 3 NT South

S A K 4
H 6 5
D J 10 6 5 3
C K J 8
S 10 9
H K 10 8 4
D K Q 4
C 10 6 4 2
Table

What is your opening lead? _____

North wins, partner plays the three, and South the five. North leads the D 3 and the play goes: seven, nine, queen.

Does it seem right to be Active or Passive? _____

Who do you think has the spade queen? _____

What do you lead next? _____

2. 3 NT South

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

What is your opening lead? _____

Partner plays the 10 and South the ace. South leads the C 4 to the king (partner plays 10) then the D Q is led to your king.

Does it seem right to be Active or Passive? _____

Which missing high card (S K, H K, D A or C A) is partner likely to have? _____

What do you lead next? _____

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S 8 6 5
H A 5 2
D K Q 10 3
C Q 5 4
S K 10 9 7
H K 9 3
D 7 5 4
C A 8 3
Table

What is your opening lead? _____

North wins, partner plays the six, and South the two. North leads the S 5 and the play goes: four, jack, king.

Does it seem right to be Active or Passive? _____

Who do you think has the diamond ace? _____

What do you lead next? _____

4. 3 NT South

S K 4
H A 4 3
D 3 2
C K 10 8 7 4 3
S J 10 9
H J 6 2
D A 10 8 6 4
C Q 2
Table

What is your opening lead? _____

Partner plays the queen and South wins the king. South cashes the C A (partner plays the six) then he leads the C 5.

Does it seem right to be Active or Passive? _____

Who do you think has the diamond jack? _____

Which club did you play when South won the ace? _____

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S Q J 10
H 10
D K J 9 6 5
C K Q 3 2
S 9 8 5 4
H K J 8 7 6
D 8 4
C 8 4
Table

What is your opening lead? _____

Partner wins the ace and South plays the two. Partner returns the five, South plays the nine, and you win the jack.

Does it seem right to be Active or Passive? _____

How many hearts did South probably start with? _____

What do you lead next? _____

6. 3 NT South

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

What is your opening lead? _____

North plays low, partner plays the five, and South the three.

Does it seem right to be Active or Passive? _____

What missing card makes it unsafe for you to lead the same suit? _____

What do you lead next? _____

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Answers

1.S 10
Active
South
H 4

2.S 4
Active
H K
H A

3.D 7
Passive
South
S 10

4.D 6
Active
South
C Q

5.H 7
Active
4
S 9

6.C Q
Passive
C 10
D J

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