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Give Me a Chance!


As South, answer each question about the play. Assume no enemy bidding.

1. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed? _____

Which suit offers another chance? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the D A-K
  2. Finesse diamonds then hearts
  3. Finesse hearts then diamonds
2. 3 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed? _____

Which two suits offer additional chances? _____ _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead a heart to the queen
  2. Lead a diamond to the jack
  3. Duck a club
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S K 5 3
H 5 3 2
D A Q 4
C A 5 3 2
Lead: D 6Table
S 6 4 2
H A K Q J 8 6
D 10 3
C K 4

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed? _____

Which suit offers another chance? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the D A
  2. Finesse the D Q
  3. Duck the diamond lead
4. 4 NT South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which card in West allows you to succeed? _____

Which card in East allows you to succeed? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead a heart to the jack
  2. Lead a diamond to the jack
  3. Lead a diamond to the king
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S 4 3
H J 4 3
D A 6 5 3 2
C A K J
Lead: S KTable
S 7 5
H A K
D K 7 4
C Q 10 9 8 7 6

How many top tricks? _____

Which card might fall to allow you to succeed? _____

Is there any other chance? If so, what? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck a diamond
  2. Win the H A-K and ruff a heart
  3. Lead all your trumps
6. 6 S South

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

How many top tricks? _____

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed? _____

Which suit offers another chance? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the C J and let it ride
  2. Ruff a heart
  3. Give up a diamond
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Answers

1.6
H 
D 
A

2.7
D 
H C
C

3.9
D 
S 
C

4.8
H K
D Q
B

5.10
H Q
Squeeze
C

6.9
C 
H 
B

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