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Beat Four Hearts!


As West or East, decide your defense. South opened 1 H, North bid 2 H and South 4 H.

1. 4 H South

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

What is your lead? _____

East plays the queen and South the six. Which card do you lead next? _____

South wins the queen and leads the H 5. Which heart do you play? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

2. 4 H South

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

What is your lead? _____

North plays the two, East the five and South the nine. Who has the C A? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

Declarer wins in dummy and leads the D 4 to his king and your ace. Which card do you lead next? _____

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

What is your lead? _____

East plays the four and South the eight. Who has the D A? _____

Which is more threatening? North’s singleton diamond or the long club suit? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

4. 4 H South

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

West leads the S 3, North plays the king and you win. How many spades did West probably start with? _____

If not the above, how many spades did West start with? _____

Based on declarer’s play, who has the S J? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

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

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

How many trump tricks are you sure to win? _____

If you could get a diamond ruff, would it increase the above answer? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

6. 4 H South

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

West leads the C K. Assuming South has at least two clubs, how many tricks are you able to win? _____

What is your best chance for another trick? _____

Which card do you play to the first trick? _____

Which card do you lead at your first opportunity? _____

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Answers

1.S K
D 3
H A
S 5

2.C Q
East
H 7
H 6

3.D K
East
Clubs
D 6

4.Four
Three
West
H 2

5.S A
One
No
C J

6.Three
S ruff
C A
S 6

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