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Tactical Defense


As West or East answer each question about the defense.

1. 4 H South

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

West

2 D
North

2 S
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H

You lead the D K; partner plays the three, South the queen. Next lead? _____

Everyone follows. What do you lead next? _____

Partner ruffs with the H 7; South overruffs with H 9 and leads H J. Your play? _____

2. 4 S South

S J 10 9 5
H K Q 10 9
D J 5
C K J 4
S Q 4 3 2
H 6 4
D K Q 10 9
C 9 5 2
Table
N-S Vul

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 NT
2 S

You win the first two tricks with the D K-Q as partner high-lows. What next? _____

North ruffs and leads S J; king, ace. South next leads the S 6. Do you win? _____

What will you lead when you win the S Q? _____

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S K 4
H Q J
D K Q 10 5 2
C K 7 5 2
TableS A Q J 3
H A 4 3
D 4
C J 10 9 8 3
None Vul

West

Pass
North
1 D
1 NT
East
Dbl
Pass
South
1 H
4 H

Partner leads the S 2 and you capture North’s king with your ace. How many spades does South have? _____

Which minor ace, if any, is partner likely to hold? _____

Which card do you lead next? _____

4. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
2 NT

Partner leads the D K. Which card do you play? _____

Assume North ruffs the third round of diamonds. Do you overruff? _____

Which card do you hope partner has to be able to set the contract? _____

TopMain 5. 4 H South

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

West
2 D
Pass
North
Dbl
4 H
East
Pass
All Pass
South
3 H

Partner leads the D Q and North wins the king. How many diamonds do you think South has? _____

How many hearts did South show in the bidding? _____

At trick two North leads the D 4. Do you ruff? _____

6. 4 H South

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

West

Pass
Pass
North

2 C
4 H
East

2 S
All Pass
South
1 H
Pass

Partner leads the S 7 and you win the first two tricks. What do you lead next? _____

Partner discards the D 3; North ruffs small, then the H 4 is led. Your play? _____

What will you lead when you win the H A? _____

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Answers

1.D A
D 6
A, D

2.D 
No
D 

3.3
None
H 3

4.D A
No
S 8

5.4
4
No

6.S 10
H 5
S 

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