Main   Exercise 4M41 by Richard Pavlicek  

Ruff Times On Defense

As West or East, decide how you would defend at the crucial moment.

1.
Both Vul
S K 4
H J 10 9 2
D A 5 4
C A 7 6 4
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 H
East

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

You lead S J. South wins S A and leads S Q to king, then H J and lets it ride.

Your play and lead?

2.
N-S Vul
S J 10 8 4
H 8 2
D K 10 4
C A Q 5 4
West

2 H
All Pass
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
S 2
H A K Q 10 7
D Q J 9
C J 10 9 6
Table4 S South

You win the H K-A as partner plays 9-3 to show a doubleton.

Your next lead?

3.
None Vul
S J 8 4 2
H Q 8 4
D K 5 3
C Q 7 2
West

1 S
All Pass
North

2 H
East

Pass
South
1 H
4 H
S A K Q 7 6
H K 7 6 2
D 2
C J 10 9
Table4 H South

You win the S K-A as partner and South both follow.

Your next lead?

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4.
None Vul
S 7 4 2
H K Q 9 2
D Q J 5
C Q 9 8
West

Pass
North

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

You lead the D K which holds as partner signals with the eight.

Your next lead?

5.
Both Vul
S 7 6 5
H Q J 10 3
D 10 9 5
C A Q J
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 S
East
2 D
Pass
South
2 S
4 S
S J 8 4 2
H 8 6 5
D Q 2
C K 9 5 4
Table4 S South

You lead D Q. Partner wins D K, D A then leads D J and South ruffs with S 10.

Your play?

6.
N-S Vul
S 5 4 3 2
H A 8 4
D 9 5
C Q 10 6 5
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 H
East

2 S
South
1 H
3 H
S 9 7
H J 6
D A J 8 7 2
C K 9 8 2
Table3 H South

You lead the S 9. Partner wins S J, S K then leads S A and South ruffs with H 10.

Your play and lead?

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7.
E-W Vul
S A 4
H Q 8 2
D K 9 7 4
C A 10 7 2
West

Pass
All Pass
North
1 D
1 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 H
4 H SouthTable S 10
H J 7 3
D A 10 8 6 3
C J 9 8 6

Partner leads the C K to dummy’s ace. Declarer plays the S A and another spade.

Your play?

8.
N-S Vul
S J 10 3
H K J 10 3
D A 4 2
C J 3 2
West

Pass
North

2 S
East

All Pass
South
1 S
2 S SouthTable S 7 5
H A Q 6 4
D 10 9 8 5
C K 10 6

Partner leads the H 9 and dummy plays the jack.

Your play and lead?

9.
E-W Vul
S A K 2
H 8 7 4
D A K 6 4 3
C Q 4
West

Pass
North
1 NT
4 H
East
Pass
All Pass
South
3 H
4 H SouthTable S 10 6 5 4 3
H Q 2
D J 5
C J 10 9 8

Partner leads S Q to king. Declarer plays D A-K (partner high-lows) then the D 3.

Your play?

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