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Send Declarer Packing


As West, decide your opening lead and subsequent defense on each deal. Assume South opened 1 H, North raised to 2 H, and South bid 4 H.

1. 4 H South

S A 6 2
H 8 3 2
D A 7 6 5 4
C 3 2
S K J 5
H 9 7 6
D K 10 9
C A J 10 9
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What is your opening lead? _____

Partner plays the 10 and South wins the king. South leads the D Q and lets you win the king as partner plays the two.

Who do you think has the diamond jack? _____

How many diamonds did South probably start with? _____

What do you lead next? _____

2. 4 H South

S A 7 6 5
H Q J 2
D J 5 4 2
C 5 4
S 8 4
H 10 4
D K 10 9 7 3
C A Q 9 6
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What is your opening lead? _____

North wins, partner plays the queen, and South the two.

Who has the S K? _____

At trick two North leads the C 4 and the play goes: two, jack, queen.

How many clubs did South probably start with? _____

What do you lead next? _____

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S K 4 3
H J 10 2
D K 7 2
C Q J 5 4
S Q J 10
H 9 7 4
D Q J 9 6 5 4
C 3
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What is your opening lead? _____

North plays low, partner wins the ace, and South plays the six. Partner leads the C 2 and South plays the eight.

Which card do you play on this trick? _____

Which ace (S or D) is partner more likely to have? _____

What do you lead next? _____

4. 4 H South

S A Q 8 3
H J 10 8 3
D 8 5 3
C 7 5
S J 6 4
H 9 2
D K J 9
C A K 9 6 4
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What is your opening lead? _____

North plays low, partner plays the queen, and South the two.

What do you lead next? _____

Partner wins the 10 and shifts to the D 7; queen, king, three.

Do you think partner has the D A or D 10? _____

What do you lead next? _____

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S A 10 6 4
H 10 9 3
D K 4 3 2
C 5 2
S J 2
H J 7 2
D Q J 9 7
C K 10 7 4
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What is your opening lead? _____

North plays low, partner plays the 6, and South the eight.

Who do you think has the diamond ace? _____

What would be the worst suit to lead now? _____

What do you lead next? _____

6. 4 H South

S J 4
H A Q 9
D Q 3 2
C 8 7 6 5 4
S Q 10 8 7 3
H 10 6 2
D J 4
C K Q 2
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What is your opening lead? _____

North plays the jack, partner the king, and South the ace. South wins the C A then leads the C J (partner plays up-the-line).

How many clubs do you think South started with? _____

What do you lead next? _____

Partner plays the six and South the two.

What do you lead next? _____

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Answers

1.H 7
East
2
S K

2.S 8
South
4
H 4

3.C 3
H 7
D A
D 6

4.C K
C 6
No
H 2

5.D Q
East
C 
H 2

6.S 7
2
S Q
S 10

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