Main   Exercise 4Q35 by Richard Pavlicek  

Give Me a Chance!

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

1.
None Vul
S 5 4
H J 10 4
D A K J 5 4
C 8 6 5
Lead: S J Table
 
 
 
S A 2
H A Q 9 2
D 6 3 2
3 NT SouthC 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?

A. Cash the D A-K
B. Finesse diamonds then hearts
C. Finesse hearts then diamonds

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

A. Lead a heart to the queen
B. Lead a diamond to the jack
C. Duck a club

TopMain

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

How many top tricks?

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed?

Which suit offers another chance?

What is the best play?

A. Win the D A
B. Finesse the D Q
C. Duck the diamond lead

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

A. Lead a heart to the jack
B. Lead a diamond to the jack
C. Lead a diamond to the king

TopMain

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

How many top tricks?

Which card might fall to allow you to succeed?

Is there a squeeze chance? If so, which two suits?

What is the best play?

A. Duck a diamond
B. Win the H A-K and ruff a heart
C. Lead all your trumps

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

A. Lead the C J and let it ride
B. Ruff a heart
C. Give up a diamond

TopMain

© 1998 Richard Pavlicek