Main   Exercise 4Q53 by Richard Pavlicek  

Now’s Your Chance!

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
None Vul
S 6 3 2
H 6 2
D A 3
C A K 8 7 6 5
Lead: D 7 TableYou win D K
 
 
 
S A Q J 10
H A J 5 4 3
D K 2
3 NT SouthC 4 3

How many top tricks?

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed?

Which suit offers the next best chance?

What is the best play?

A. Duck a club

B. Win the C A-K

C. Win the C A then finesse the S Q

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

How many top tricks?

Which two suits offer chances to succeed?

Will you run the club suit right away?

What is the best play?

A. Lead the S 3 and finesse the ten

B. Lead the S 3 and play the king

C. Lead the D 3 and finesse the queen

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

How many top tricks?

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed?

Which suit offers the next best chance?

What is the best play?

A. Lead the H 3 and play the jack

B. Lead the D 2 and finesse the jack

C. Lead the D 2 and finesse the nine

4.
Both Vul
S A 2
H K Q 3
D 9 8 7 5
C K J 7 2
Lead: S J TableYou draw trumps (3-2)
 
 
 
S K 7
H A J 10 8 5
D 6 3 2
4 H SouthC A 6 5

How many sure tricks?

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed?

Which suit offers the next best chance?

What is the best play?

A. Win the C A-K

B. Win the C A then finesse the jack

C. Lead diamonds

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5.
None Vul
S A J 9 3
H A Q 5
D 5 3 2
C K 8 3
Lead: H 4 TableYou draw trumps (2-2)
 
 
 
S K Q 10 7 6
H 8 6 2
D A K 6 4
4 S SouthC 2

How many sure tricks?

Besides hearts, what other suits have chances?

Which heart will you play from dummy at trick one?

What is the best play?

A. Duck a diamond

B. Play the D A-K and another diamond

C. Lead a club to the king

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

How many sure tricks?

Which two suits offer chances to succeed?

Is a finesse normal with 10 cards missing the king?

What is the best play?

A. Lead the S 10 and let ride

B. Lead the S 10 and play the ace

C. Win the H A and ruff a heart

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek