Main   Exercise 4J41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Defending with Signals

As West or East, answer each question about the defense.

1.
Both Vul
S Q 9 3
H K Q 3 2
D 7 6 2
C A Q 2
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 NT
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
S 2
H 9 7 6 5
D A K 10 4 3
C 10 8 7
Table4 S South

You lead the D K and East plays the queen. What do you lead next?

If South leads the H 4, which heart do you play?

If South leads the C 5, which club do you play?

2.
None Vul
S A K 9 5
H A Q 7
D 6 5 3
C J 8 5
West

Pass
North
1 C
2 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
S 7 6
H J 9 8
D K Q 10 4
C K 10 9 7
Table2 S South

You lead the D K, East plays the seven and South the two. Your next lead?

If South leads the H 2, which heart do you play?

If South leads the C 2, which club do you play?

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3.
E-W Vul
S Q J 7
H 5 4 3
D Q J 9 8 3
C 7 4
West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
2 NT
S 5 2
H A Q J 8
D 10 2
C J 10 9 8 3
Table3 NT South

You lead the C J, East plays the two and South the king. Who has the C Q?

South leads the D K. Your diamond play?

East takes the D A on the third round. Your discard?

4.
Both Vul
S Q 10 9
H 10 4 2
D 5 4 3
C K Q J 8
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H
4 H SouthTable S K 8 3
H J 9 8
D 10 8 2
C 9 6 4 2

West leads the D Q. Which diamond do you play?

Which heart do you play when trumps are first led?

If South leads the C 3 to North’s king, which club do you play?

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5.
N-S Vul
S Q 10 6
H K J
D K Q 8 5
C 7 6 4 3
West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT SouthTable S 8 4 3 2
H A Q 10 8 7
D J 3
C 9 2

West leads the C Q. Which club do you play?

If South leads the D 2 to North’s king, which diamond do you play?

What is your first discard as diamonds are led?

6.
E-W Vul
S A 9 3 2
H K Q J 4
D K 9
C J 6 4
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
4 S SouthTable S 8 4
H A 9 5 2
D A Q 4
C 10 8 3 2

West leads the C K. Which club do you play?

Which spade do you play when trumps are first led?

If South leads the H 3 and the play goes eight, king, which heart do you play?

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek