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Take Me To Your Leader


As West or East, decide your defense. Assume South opens with 1 NT and North bids 3 NT.

1. 3 NT South

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

What is your lead? _____

Dummy wins the jack, then the S 2 is led to South’s jack and your queen. Does the play suggest active or passive defense? _____

What is the worst suit to lead at this point? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

2. 3 NT South

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

What is your lead? _____

East wins the king as South plays the two. East leads the H 3, South plays the nine and you win the trick. How many hearts did East probably start with? _____

If not the above, how many hearts did East start with? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

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

What is your lead? _____

East plays the jack and South wins the ace. South leads the H 3 and you win the queen. Could East hold the S K or S 10? _____

Is it safe to lead a club at this point? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

4. 3 NT South

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

West leads the S 5. Which spade do you play? _____

South wins and cashes the C K-A (West follows) then leads a club to your queen; West throws the H 4. Does West want a heart lead? _____

Who has the missing spade honor? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

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S A 9 4
H J 9 4
D A J 9 5 4
C 9 3
TableS 8 3
H A 10 8 2
D Q 10 7
C J 10 8 2

West leads the H 7 and North plays the four. Does the sight of dummy suggest active or passive defense? _____

How many heart honors does partner have? _____

Which heart do you play at the first trick? _____

Which card do you lead at your first opportunity? _____

6. 3 NT South

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

West leads the S 4 and North plays low. Which spade do you play? _____

South wins the jack and leads the C 2 to the jack and you win the queen. How many spades did West start with? _____

Who probably has S A? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

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Answers

1.D 10
Passive
Spade
D 9

2.H 7
Four
Two
H A

3.S 2
No
No
D 9

4.King
No
West
S J

5.Active
None
H A
C J

6.S 8
Four
South
C 8

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