Main   Exercise 4P29 by Richard Pavlicek  

Suit Building Workout

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
None Vul
S 5 3
H 7 4 3
D A 3
C K J 9 8 4 2
Lead: H Q Table
 
 
 
S A K 4
H A K 5 2
D K 7 6 2
3 NT SouthC 5 3

How many top tricks?

Will you Win the first trick or Duck? (W D)

Which suit would have been West’s best lead?

What is the best play?

A. Lead a club to the king
B. Lead a club to the jack
C. Lead a club to the nine

2.
None Vul
S A Q J
H 9 8 7 5 2
D 6 3
C 8 6 2
Lead: H K Table
 
 
 
S K 8 4
H A 3
D A K 5 4 2
3 NT SouthC A Q 10

How many top tricks?

Will you Win the first trick or Duck? (W D)

What is the most likely diamond break?

What is the best play?

A. Lead the H 3
B. Lead the D 2
C. Win the D K then lead the D 2

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3.
None Vul
S K 10
H A 6 2
D A 6 2
C A J 8 7 6
Lead: C K TableEast plays C 10
 
 
 
S A Q J 9 8 6
H 8 5 4
D Q 7 4
4 S SouthC 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?

A. Duck the opening lead
B. C A; club ruff; S 10; club ruff
C. C A; lead C J and discard a heart

4.
None Vul
S A K Q
H A 9 5 4 2
D 8 6
C A 3 2
Lead: S 4 Table
 
 
 
S J 10 9 5 2
H 8 6
D A 9 5 4 2
4 S SouthC 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?

A. Duck a diamond (set up diamonds)
B. Duck a heart (set up hearts)
C. Win the C A and ruff a club

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5.
E-W Vul
S A K 7 6 2
H J 4 3
D 7 3
C 7 6 2
Lead: D J Table
 
 
 
S 4 3
H A K Q 10 9 8
D A K
6 H SouthC 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?

A. Duck a spade
B. Win S A then duck a spade
C. Win S A-K then ruff a spade

6.
None Vul
S Q J 10
H K 2
D A J 9 5 4 2
C 5 2
Lead: H Q Table
 
 
 
S A 8 7 6 5 4
H A 3
D K
6 S SouthC A 10 7 3

How many sure tricks?

Will you win the heart lead with the King or Ace?

What is the most likely diamond break?

What is the best play?

A. Overtake D K with ace; diamond ruff
B. Win D K then lead the S 4
C. Lead the S Q and let it ride

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek