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Set Up That Suit!


Suit establishment is probably the most important technique in declarer play. Do you know the ropes? As South, answer each question. Do not be concerned about overtricks.

1. 3 NT South

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

West

Pass
North
1 D
2 NT
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 NT
3 NT (AP)

On the first trick do you win the S A, S K or duck? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the C J and let it ride
  2. Lead the C J to your king
  3. Lead the D 3 and finesse the jack
2. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
North

4 S
East
1 H
All Pass
South
1 S

What is the chance (%) that the hearts will break 4-3? _____

Who has the D A? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the S A-K and ruff a low heart
  2. Win the S A-K and lead the H J
  3. Win the C A-K, S A and ruff a club
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S A 6 5
H 8 3 2
D K Q 10 8 2
C J 4
Lead: S JTable
S K Q 7
H A K 9
D 4 3
C A 10 5 3 2
N-S Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East

All Pass
South
1 NT

In which hand do you win the first trick? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the C 2 to dummy’s jack
  2. Lead the D 3 to dummy’s king
  3. Lead the D 3 to dummy’s ten
4. 4 S South

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

West

Pass
North
1 H
3 S
East
Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 S (AP)

How will the missing spades usually break? _____

…the missing diamonds? _____

What is the best plan? _____

  1. Try to establish the heart suit
  2. Try to establish the diamond suit
  3. Play for a crossruff
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S Q 3
H A 3 2
D A K 6 5 2
C 6 3 2
Lead: C QTable
S A 2
H K Q J 10 9 8
D 4 3
C A K 5

(No enemy bidding)

Assuming a 3-1 break, how many rounds of trumps will you draw at once? _____

What do you do next? _____

  1. Win the D A-K and ruff a diamond
  2. Duck a diamond
  3. Win the D A then duck a diamond
6. 6 D South

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

(Bidding not shown to protect the overbidder)

How will the missing spades usually break? _____

…the missing clubs? _____

You win H A and C A-K to shed a heart. Now what? _____

  1. Win the S A and ruff a spade
  2. Win the D A-K, S A-K, ruff a spade
  3. Ruff a club
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Answers

1.S A
B

2.Zero
East
B

3.South
C

4.3-1
4-3
A

5.1
B

6.4-2
4-3
A

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