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Suit Building Workout


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Will you win the first trick or duck? _____

What would have been the defender’s best lead? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead a club to the king
  2. Lead a club to the jack
  3. Lead a club to the nine
2. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Will you win the first trick or duck? _____

What is the most likely diamond break? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the H 3
  2. Lead the D 2
  3. Win the D K then lead the D 2
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S K 10
H A 6 2
D A 6 2
C A J 8 7 6
Lead: C KTableEast plays C 10
S A Q J 9 8 6
H 8 5 4
D Q 7 4
C 2

How many top tricks? _____

Which two suits offer chances to succeed? _____

How do you expect the clubs to break? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck the opening lead
  2. C A; club ruff; S 10; club ruff
  3. C A; lead C J and discard a heart
4. 4 S South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which two suits offer chances to succeed? _____

Would two ruffs in your hand gain a trick? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck a diamond (set up diamonds)
  2. Duck a heart (set up hearts)
  3. Win the C A and ruff a club
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S A K 7 6 2
H J 4 3
D 7 3
C 7 6 2
Lead: D JTable
S 4 3
H A K Q 10 9 8
D A K
C A J 3

How many top tricks? _____

What is the most likely trump break? _____

How many high trumps will you lead at once? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck a spade
  2. Win S A then duck a spade
  3. Win S A-K then ruff a spade
6. 6 S South

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

How many sure tricks? _____

Will you win the H A or H K at trick one? _____

What is the most likely diamond break? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Overtake D K with ace; diamond ruff
  2. Win D K then lead the S 4
  3. Lead the S Q and let it ride
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Answers

1.6
Win
Diam.
C

2.7
Win
4-2
A

3.9
C D
5-2
C

4.8
H D
No
A

5.11
3-1
One
A

6.10
H A
4-2
B

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