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Defending with Signals


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

1. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 NT
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S

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. 2 S South

S A K 9 5
H A Q 7
D 6 5 3
C J 8 5
S 7 6
H J 9 8
D K Q 10 4
C K 10 9 7
Table
None Vul

West

Pass
North
1 C
2 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S

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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S Q J 7
H 5 4 3
D Q J 9 8 3
C 7 4
S 5 2
H A Q J 8
D 10 2
C J 10 9 8 3
Table
E-W Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
2 NT

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. 4 H South

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

West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H

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

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT

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. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S

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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Answers

1.D A
H 7
C 7

2.S 6
H 8
C 10

3.South
D 10
C 3

4.D 8
H 9
C 6

5.C 2
D 3
S 2

6.C 2
S 4
H A

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