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Join the Establishment


As South, answer each question about the play in the contracts shown.

1. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit will you try to establish? _____

Will you win trick one? _____

If West covers your C J, what is the best play? _____

  1. Let West win the C K
  2. Win the C A and duck a club
  3. Win the C A and duck a diamond
2. 4 S South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which diamond will you win at trick one? _____

How many rounds of trump will you lead right away? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead a club toward your king
  2. Lead the C K from hand
  3. Lead a heart toward your king
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S A Q 3
H A 3
D 9 8 4
C J 9 7 5 3
Lead: C KTable
S K J 10 5 4
H K Q 6 5 2
D Q 7 2
C

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit will you try to establish? _____

How many rounds of trump will you lead right away? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash three hearts to throw a diamond
  2. Cash two hearts; ruff a heart low
  3. Cash two hearts; ruff a heart high
4. 4 S South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit will you try to establish? _____

How many rounds of trump will you lead right away? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the H 4
  2. Lead the D 3 and finesse the nine
  3. Lead the D 3 and finesse the queen
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S A 5 3 2
H 5 4 3
D 7
C K J 6 4 3
Lead: D 3Table
S K 10 4
H A K J
D A J 9 6 5
C A 9

How many top tricks? _____

Will you win trick one? _____

What is the most tricks you could lose in diamonds? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the C A then run the C 9
  2. Win the C A then finesse the jack
  3. Lead the D J
6. 4 S South

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

How many top tricks? _____

How many dummy entries do you need if clubs 4-2? _____

Which entry to dummy will you save to use last? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the C A and lead the C 3
  2. Duck the C 10
  3. Cover the C 10 with the jack
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Answers

1.7
C 
Yes
A

2.9
D A
None
B

3.8
H 
1
C

4.6
H 
None
A

5.7
Yes
3
C

6.9
3
H A
B

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