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Fill in the missing North-South bids and answer each question.

1. 4 H South

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

West



Pass

All Pass
North



_____
East



Pass
South

_____

_____

How many sure tricks can you win? _____

Which suit contains a tenace that is beneficial against either opponent? _____

Which suit contains a tenace that is beneficial against East only? _____

Which spade honor will you win at trick one? _____

Will you draw the enemy trumps right away? _____

Which side suit will you lead first? _____

What is your basic plan? _____

  1. Take the diamond finesse; if it loses, lead toward the C J and the C Q.
  2. Win the D A and lead the D Q to force an opponent to lead a club.
  3. Lead the C 2 toward the queen to force East to lead a diamond.
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S A Q 9 6
H A J 9 6 2
D 4 2
C A 4
Lead: H 5Table
S 4 3 2
H K Q 10 4
D A K 7 3
C K J
Both Vul

West



Pass

Pass
North



_____

_____
East



Pass

All Pass
South

_____

_____

Assuming a 2-2 trump break, how many tricks can you win easily? _____

Which suit contains a tenace? _____

Against which opponent is the tenace beneficial? _____

After winning the trump lead, will you lead a second round of trumps now? _____

Which side suit will you lead first? _____

Which (different) side suit will you lead next? _____

What is your basic plan? _____

  1. Lead a spade to the nine to force East to return a spade.
  2. Lead a spade to the queen to force East to return a spade.
  3. Lead the 4th diamond and discard a spade instead of ruffing in dummy.
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S 7 5 2
H 10 9 5 4 3
D K Q
C 7 5 2
Lead: C KTable
S A K 9 4
H A 8 7 6 2
D 10 4
C A J
N-S Vul

West



Pass

All Pass
North



_____
East



Pass
South

_____

_____

Assuming a 2-1 trump break, how many tricks can you win easily? _____

Which suit contains a tenace? _____

In which suit must you avoid a loser in order to make your contract? _____

After winning the C A, will you cash the H A? _____

Which side suit will you lead first? _____

Which side suit will you lead next? _____

What is your basic plan? _____

  1. Exit with a trump to force a spade lead into your A-K-9.
  2. Cash the S A-K and then exit with a trump.
  3. Cash the S A-K and then exit with a spade.
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Answers

1.1 H
3 H4 H
9
C 
D 
Ace
Yes
S 
B

2.1 NT
2 C2 H
6 H
11
S 
East
No
D 
C 
A

3.1 H
2 H4 H
9
None
S 
No
C 
D 
B

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