Main   Exercise 4N71 by Richard Pavlicek  

First Things First


As South, how do you play to the first trick? Assume there is no enemy bidding and the opponents use standard leads.

1. 3 NT South

S 5 4 2
H Q 10
D J 10 3 2
C A K Q 3
Lead: S KTableEast plays S 6
S A J 3
H A 7 5
D A K 9 6
C J 8 2

Which spade do you play from your hand? _____

2. 4 H South

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

Do you win the C K, C A or duck the first trick? _____

3. 4 H South

S K 5
H 9 7 5
D Q 7 6 2
C K 9 6 2
Lead: S QTable
S 8 6 2
H A Q J 8 6
D A K 4
C A 7

Which spade do you play from dummy? _____ TopMain

4. 3 NT South

S 8 7 4
H K J 3
D A 9 6
C K 5 4 3
Lead: H 8Table
S A K 3
H A 10 7 2
D J 7 4
C A 9 2

Which heart do you play from dummy? _____

5. 4 S South

S 8 4 2
H K 10 5
D K Q 7 2
C J 10 3
Lead: H QTable
S A K Q J 7
H 3
D J 10 8 4
C K Q 8

Which heart do you play from dummy? _____

6. 4 H South

S K 5 4 2
H A K 6 2
D A J 8 2
C Q
Lead: S JTable
S A 3
H 8 7 5 3
D 4 3
C K 9 7 5 3

Do you win the S K, S A or duck the first trick? _____ TopMain

7. 3 NT South

S 9 7 4 2
H 4 3
D K Q J 5 4
C A 2
Lead: D 2Table
S A K 6
H A K 6 5
D 6 3
C K 7 4 3

Which diamond do you play from dummy? _____

8. 4 H South

S A 3
H 7 3
D K Q J 8 6
C 9 8 7 4
Lead: S KTable
S J 6 2
H K Q J 10 9 5
D 10 2
C A K

Which spade do you play from dummy? _____

9. 6 C South

S A J 6
H A 4 3
D A 9 5 3
C K 10 8
Lead: D JTable
S 2
H K 5
D K 8 4 2
C A Q J 9 7 6

Do you win the D A, D K or duck the first trick? _____ TopMain

Answers

 1.S A
 2.C A
 3.S 5
 4.H J
 5.H 5
 6.S K
 7.D 4
 8.S 3
 9.D A
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