Main   Practice 4H01 by Richard Pavlicek  

Suit Leads & Strategy


West

Pass
North
1 NT
Pass
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 S
Board 1
None Vul
S J 8 7
H A K 7
D A K J 6
C 7 4 2
Trick
1 W
2 N
3 W
4 E
5 W
6 E
Lead
D 9
S 7
C Q
D 5!
C 6
D 7!
2nd
K!
3
2
4
4
8
3rd
2
2
K!
S 4
A
S 5
4th
3
A
5
6
10
J
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
S A 5 4
H Q 8 6 2
D 9
C Q J 9 6 3
TableS K 3
H J 10 9 3
D 10 7 5 2
C A K 8
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Response to 1 NT
Deceptive play
Read partner’s lead
Overtaking play
S Q 10 9 6 2
H 5 4
D Q 8 4 3
C 10 5
2 S by South9 top tricksLose 1 trump trickdown 1 -50


West

2 H
North

Pass
East
1 H
4 H
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A J 10
H Q 2
D 10 9 8 5
C 10 9 8 5
Trick
1 S
2 E
3 N
4 S
5 W
6 E
7 E
8 W
9 E
10 W
11 N
Lead
H 4!
S 3
C 10!
C 4!
D 2
D K
D 4
C 7
D 7
S 2
C 9!
2nd
5
4
Q
A
5
J
Q
8
C J!
10
H 8
3rd
Q
K
K
5
A
3
H 6
H 7
H 10
9
H 9
4th
A
A
2!
3
6
8
9
6
10
5
S 6
W L
1 0
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
7 3
7 4
S K 8 7 6 2
H 10 6 5
D 3 2
C A 7 2
TableS 9 3
H A K J 8 7
D A K 7 4
C Q 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Follow up major raise
Set up dummy’s suit
Ruff in short hand
Leading trumps
Attack dummy’s entry
S Q 5 4
H 9 4 3
D Q J 6
C K J 6 4
4 H by East8 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +50


West

Pass
Pass
North

1 H
2 H
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 D
1 NT
Board 3
E-W Vul
S J 9 2
H K 8 7 4 3 2
D 10 2
C K Q
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 S
4 W
5 S
6 N
7 E
Lead
C 4
S 8!
D 3
S 7!
H 6
D 10
S 4
2nd
2
9
A!
J
10
K
3
3rd
A
10
2
Q
K
4
6
4th
Q
K
6
A
9
5
2
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
3 3
3 4
S 8 7 6
H Q J 10 5
D A 7 5
C A 9 8
TableS Q 10 5 4
H 9
D K 8 6
C J 10 6 4 3
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Rebid by opener
Set up dummy’s suit
Choose lead at suit
Attack dummy’s entry
S A K 3
H A 6
D Q J 9 4 3
C 7 5 2
2 H by North7 top tricksLose 2 trump tricksdown 1 -50


West
1 S
4 S
North
Pass
Pass
East
2 S
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 9 3
H Q J 10 6
D 10 9 7 4 3
C J 7
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 W
7 W
Lead
H Q
S 2!
H 5
S 3!
S 6!
S Q
S 10
2nd
K
5
3
4
K
H 6
D 4
3rd
A
9
8
A
D 3
D 2
D 6
4th
2
J
10
8
7
H 7
D 5!
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
S K Q 10 8 5
H 9 8 4 2
D A
C A K 6
TableS J 7 4
H K 5
D K 8 6 2
C Q 5 4 3
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
 
Follow up major raise
Ruff in short hand
Pseudo squeeze
Shift to trumps
Protect dummy’s suit
S A 6 2
H A 7 3
D Q J 5
C 10 9 8 2
4 S by West9 top tricksLose 1 more trickdown 1 +100


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Practice 4H05 by Richard Pavlicek

Suit Leads & Strategy II


West

2 S
North
1 H
4 H
East
1 S
All Pass
South
2 H
Board 1
None Vul
S 10 2
H K Q J 9 7
D K 3
C A K Q 4
Trick
1 E
2 E
3 E
4 N
5 N
6 N
7 N
8 N
9 S
10 N
Lead
S Q
S J!
S 5
H K
H Q
C A
C K
D 3
D 2
C 4!
2nd
4
6
K
2!
3
2
8
9
7
H 5!
3rd
8
7
A
4
8
5
6
A
K
J
4th
2
10
H 7
6
D 5
7
3
6
Q
9
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
7 3
S A 8 7
H 6
D J 10 7 6 5
C 10 9 7 3
TableS Q J 9 5 3
H A 5 3 2
D Q 9
C 8 2
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Follow up major raise
Deceptive play
Make declarer ruff
Duck to keep control
S K 6 4
H 10 8 4
D A 8 4 2
C J 6 5
4 H by North10 top tricksConcede high trumpdown 1 -50


West

3 H
North

Pass
East
2 NT
4 H
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 10 9 8 4 2
H Q J 9
D 10 9 8
C 8
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 N
4 S
Lead
D 10
S 3!
S 2
C 5
2nd
3
6
K
4
3rd
J!
A
H 3
8
4th
2
5
7
K
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
S Q 7 6
H 10 8 6 5 4
D 2
C Q J 6 4
TableS K J 5
H A K 2
D K 6 5 4 3
C A K
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Opening 2 NT & response
Rebid by NT bidder
Choose lead at suit
Overtaking play
S 3
H 7 3
D A Q J 7
C 10 9 7 5 3 2
4 H by West8 top tricksLose 1 trump trickdown 1 +50


West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
3 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 8 6
H A Q 4
D 7 2
C 10 9 8 7 5
Trick
1 W
2 S
3 S
4 S
5 E
6 N
7 W
8 W
Lead
D J
S A
S K
C 3
H 10!
C 10
S J
H K!
2nd
2
2
7
2!
2
6
10
A
3rd
9
6
8
7
8
4
D 5
3
4th
A
Q
D 4
Q
Q
J
3
5
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
4 2
4 3
5 3
S J 7 2
H K J 8 7
D J 10 3
C A J 2
TableS Q
H 10 9 3
D Q 9 8 6 5 4
C K Q 6
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Follow up major raise
Set up dummy’s suit
Choose lead at suit
Attack dummy’s entry
S A K 9 5 4 3
H 6 5 2
D A K
C 4 3
3 S by South8 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 3 +140


West
1 D
2 H
North
Pass
Pass
East
1 H
4 H
South
Pass
All Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S A Q 10
H 6 2
D 10 9 8 3
C J 9 4 2
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 W
4 N
5 S
Lead
S 2
H 2!
S 3
H 6!
H 5
2nd
K
3
Q
9
J
3rd
A
4!
6
A
C 2!
4th
4
7
5
8
10
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
2 3
S K 3
H Q J 8 7
D A K 5 2
C 10 8 3
TableS 9 7 6 4
H K 10 9 3
D 7 4
C A K Q
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Rebid by opener
Follow up major raise
Choose lead at suit
Shift to trumps
S J 8 5 2
H A 5 4
D Q J 6
C 7 6 5
4 H by East8 top tricksLose 1 more trickdown 1 +100


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Practice 4H09 by Richard Pavlicek

Suit Leads & Strategy III


West

4 H
5 H
North
1 S
4 S
Dbl
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
2 S
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S K Q 10 7 6
H 2
D K J
C A Q 7 3 2
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 N
4 S
5 N
Lead
S K
C 4
C 2!
D 4!
C A
2nd
2
5
9
7
10
3rd
A!
Q
H 6
K
D 3
4th
4
6
8
2
K
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
0 5
S 4
H A K Q J 10 7 3
D A 7
C K 8 5
TableS J 5 2
H 9 8
D Q 10 5 2
C J 10 9 6
Bidding
 
Defense
 
 
 
Competitive auction
Penalty double
Overtaking play
Try for a ruff
North must not cash C A
early to get diamond
S A 9 8 3
H 6 5 4
D 9 8 6 4 3
C 4
5 H× by West8 top tricksWin the restdown 3 +500


West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
4 S
East
Pass
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 S
Board 2
N-S Vul
S J 10 9 7
H K 9
D K J 10 6 4
C Q 6
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 W
4 N
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 N
9 S
10 S
Lead
H 5
H J!
H 10!
S 7
S 6
D 4
D 3
C Q
C 10
C J
2nd
K
6
S J
2
4
5
8
K
7
H 3!
3rd
A
Q!
2
K
10
A
K
A
6
D 6
4th
4
9
7
3!
C 3
2
7
2
4
5
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
5 2
6 2
7 2
8 2
S A 5 4 3
H Q 10 8 5 3
D 8 2
C 7 2
TableS 2
H A J 2
D 9 7 5
C K 9 8 5 4 3
Bidding
 
Play
 
Defense
 
Stayman convention
Rebid by responder
Force out high trump
Survive bad break
Force dummy to ruff
Duck to keep control
S K Q 8 6
H 7 6 4
D A Q 3
C A J 10
4 S by South9 top tricksLose 2 more tricksdown 1 -100


West

1 D
3 H
North

1 S
Pass
East

2 H
4 H
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A K J 6 5
H 3 2
D J 10 8 6
C Q 6
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 E
7 E
8 W
9 E
Lead
S 4
H 2!
S 3
H 3!
H 5!
C K
C 3
C 7
H K
2nd
10
7
7
8
J
4
5
S 6
C 10
3rd
J
4!
Q
A
S 5
2
A
H 9
C 9
4th
2
6
K
10
Q
6
Q
8
S A!
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
S Q 10
H J 10 6
D A Q 9 5
C A 9 7 2
TableS 8 3 2
H K Q 9 8 7
D K 4 3
C K 3
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Cope with overcall
Rebid after 2-over-1
Pseudo squeeze
Shift to trumps
Duck to retain entry
S 9 7 4
H A 5 4
D 7 2
C J 10 8 5 4
4 H by East9 top tricksLose the last trickdown 1 +100


West
Pass
Pass
North
1 H
4 H
East
Pass
All Pass
South
2 H
Board 4
Both Vul
S K 9
H A K Q 10 3
D Q 5 4 2
C K 8
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 S
4 N
5 N
6 N
7 N
8 E
9 N
10 E
11 N
Lead
S 4
D J!
H 5
H K
C K
S K!
C 8
H J!
D 4
S 6
D 5
2nd
3
2
2
7
6!
2
A
9
9
C 10
K
3rd
A
6
A
6
3
7
5
C 4
3
Q
8
4th
9
A
4
8
7!
5
2
Q
7
H 3
10
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
5 1
5 2
6 2
6 3
7 3
7 4
S A Q 10 5
H 8 2
D J 10 7
C 9 7 4 2
TableS J 8 6 4 2
H J 7 4
D K 9 6
C A 6
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Follow up major raise
Set up dummy’s suit
Attack dummy’s entry
Holdup play
S 7 3
H 9 6 5
D A 8 3
C Q J 10 5 3
4 H by North6 top tricksWin the restdown 1 -100


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Practice 4H13 by Richard Pavlicek

Suit Leads & Strategy IV


West

2 H
All Pass
North
1 D
2 S
East
Dbl
3 H
South
1 S
3 S
Board 1
None Vul
S J 10 8
H 10 6
D A Q J 8 3
C K Q 9
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 N
4 E
5 W
6 E
7 W
Lead
H Q
D 5!
S J
H 7!
D 2!
C 5
D 6
2nd
6
4
A!
3
3
7
8
3rd
K!
9
2
J
S 5
A
S 6
4th
2
J
3
10
10
9
K
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
1 4
1 5
1 6
S 4 3
H Q J 9 4
D 9 7 6 2
C A 4 2
TableS A 6 5
H A K 8 7
D 5
C J 10 6 5 3
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Resp to takeout double
Competitive auction
Deceptive play
Overtaking play
Try for a ruff
S K Q 9 7 2
H 5 3 2
D K 10 4
C 8 7
3 S by South9 top tricksWin the restdown 2 -100


West

1 H
2 D1
4 H
North

Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 C
1 NT
2 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S K 8 4 3
H Q J 2
D 9 8 6 5 4
C 2
Trick
1 N
2 W
3 W
4 W
5 S
6 E
7 W
8 S
Lead
D 5
H A
H K
C 3
S J!
D Q
C 7
S 10!
2nd
2
2
J
2
5
3
D 6
6
3rd
10
3
5
K
4
K
4
3
4th
A
4
10
A
Q
4
J
A
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
5 1
5 2
6 2
S 9 6 5
H A K 9 7 6
D A K
C 9 7 3
TableS A Q 2
H 8 5 3
D Q 2
C K Q 6 5 4
Note 1
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
new minor forcing
Opener’s third bid
Set up dummy’s suit
Choose lead at suit
Attack dummy’s entry
S J 10 7
H 10 4
D J 10 7 3
C A J 10 8
4 H by West7 top tricksLose 2 more tricksdown 1 +50


West

Pass
Pass
North

1 S
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
Pass
2 S
Board 3
E-W Vul
S A K Q J 10 8
H Q 4 2
D 8 5
C A 6
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 N
4 N
5 W
6 S
7 N
8 N
9 N
10 N
Lead
S 4!
S K
S Q
D 8
H J!
C 4
S J
S 10
S 8
D 5
2nd
3
2
6
4!
2
10
C 5
H 6
D Q!
K
3rd
9
5
7
2
8!
A
D 3
D 6
H 3
A
4th
A
C 8
C 2
9
K
3
C 7
C J
H 9
10
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
3 1
4 1
5 1
6 1
7 1
8 1
9 1
S 9
H J 10 9
D J 10 9
C K J 10 8 7 2
TableS 6 4 2
H A 8 7 6
D K Q 4
C 9 5 3
Bidding
Play
 
Defense
 
Follow up major raise
Set up dummy’s suit
Duck to retain entry
Leading trumps
Attack dummy’s entry
S 7 5 3
H K 5 3
D A 7 6 3 2
C Q 4
4 S by North8 top tricksLose the restdown 1 -50


West
Pass
2 S
4 S
North
Pass
Pass
All Pass
East
1 S
3 S
South
Pass
Pass
Board 4
Both Vul
S 5 2
H A K 9 2
D 10 9 6 3
C Q 10 2
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 E
4 N
5 S
6 E
7 E
8 E
9 W
10 E
Lead
H 3
S 2!
H 6
S 5
S 4!
C A
C K
D 8
C 5
S J
2nd
J
K
5
9
8
6
8
5
Q
D J
3rd
K
3!
Q
A
H 2
3
4
Q
S 10
C 7
4th
4
6
A
7
Q
2
10
3
9
H 9
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
7 3
S 8 7 6
H Q J
D A Q 7 4
C 7 5 4 3
TableS K Q J 10 9
H 8 6 4
D K 8 2
C A K
Bidding
Play
Defense
 
Follow up major raise
Combine chances
Shift to trumps
When to win trump ace
S A 4 3
H 10 7 5 3
D J 5
C J 9 8 6
4 S by East9 top tricksLose the last trickdown 1 +100


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Practice 4H17 by Richard Pavlicek

Suit Leads & Strategy V


West

Pass
North
1 S
2 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
Board 1
None Vul
S A K J 10 4 2
H 10 5
D J 2
C K 10 3
Trick
1 E
2 W
3 S
4 E
5 S
6 E
7 W
Lead
H 2
D 10!
S 9
S 5
C J?
H 8
D 8
2nd
3
2
3
8
Q!
4
J
3rd
J
7!
2
7
K
K
K
4th
5
Q
Q
4
A
10
A
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
2 3
2 4
3 4
S 7 3
H A K J
D 10 9 8 3
C Q 9 7 5
TableS Q 6 5
H 8 7 2
D K 7 6 5
C A 6 4
Bidding
Defense
 
Resp to 1 of a suit
Choose lead at suit
Attack dummy’s entry
S 9 8
H Q 9 6 4 3
D A Q 4
C J 8 2
2 S by North6 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 2 +110


West

2 H
3 NT
North

Pass
Pass
East
1 NT
2 S
4 S
South
Pass
Pass
All Pass
Board 2
N-S Vul
S A 7
H 10 9 8 7 2
D K J 9
C 8 5 2
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 S
4 N
Lead
S 4!
D J!
D 5
D K
2nd
9
Q
4
8
3rd
A
A
9
6
4th
5
2
3
10
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
S Q J 9 8 6
H K 6 3
D 10 4 2
C K 4
TableS K 10 5
H A Q
D Q 8 3
C A Q 9 7 6
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Response to 1 NT
Rebid by NT bidder
Leading trumps
Entrapment play
S 4 3 2
H J 5 4
D A 7 6 5
C J 10 3
4 S by East10 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +50


West

Dbl
Dbl
3 D
North

2 H
Pass
All Pass
East

Pass
3 C
South
1 H
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 10 7 6 5
H K J 4
D J 6
C J 10 4 2
Trick
1 N
2 S
3 W
4 S
5 W
6 W
7 E
8 S
9 N
Lead
H 4
D 3!
S J!
D 2!
S A
S 4
C 3
H 7
S 10!
2nd
2
A
7
K
5
6
A!
9
C 5
3rd
A
6
2
J
8
D 9
Q
J
D 10
4th
3
5
K
7
3
9
4
5
Q
W L
0 1
1 1
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
4 4
4 5
S A Q J 4
H 9 3
D A K Q 8 4
C K Q
TableS 8 2
H 10 5 2
D 9 7 5
C 9 8 6 5 3
Bidding
 
Play
Defense
 
Choose defensive action
Rebid by doubler
Ruff in short hand
Shift to trumps
Fight declarer’s plan
S K 9 3
H A Q 8 7 6
D 10 3 2
C A 7
3 D by West6 top tricksWin the restdown 1 +100


West
2 H
Pass
North
Pass
Pass
East
4 H
Pass
South
4 S
Board 4
Both Vul
S Q 8 3
H J 6
D Q 10 9 6 5 3
C K 4
Trick
1 W
2 E
3 W
4 E
5 W
Lead
H 10
D 4!
D 8!
H 3!
D 2
2nd
6
7
5
7
6
3rd
K
A
S 7
Q
S 6
4th
5
3
J
J
K
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
0 4
0 5
S 2
H Q 10 9 8 4 2
D A 8 2
C J 10 3
TableS 9 7 6
H A K 3
D 4
C Q 9 8 7 6 2
Bidding
 
Defense
 
Resp to weak two-bid
Combat weak two-bid
Try for a ruff
Underlead to partner
S A K J 10 5 4
H 7 5
D K J 7
C A 5
4 S by South8 top tricksClaim the restdown 2 -200


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