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Endplays ‘R’ Us

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

1. S K 7 6 2WestNorthEastSouth
None VulH K 10 8 4
D A Q
C Q 7 4
 TablePassPass
Lead: S Q 
 All Pass
 
S A 3
H A Q 9 7 3 2
D 5 2
4 H SouthC J 8 2

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?

A. Take the diamond finesse; if it loses, lead toward the C J and the C Q.

B. Win the D A and lead the D Q to force an opponent to lead a club.

C. Lead the C 2 toward the queen to force East to lead a diamond.

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2. S A Q 9 6WestNorthEastSouth
Both VulH A J 9 6 2
D 4 2
C A 4
 TablePassPass
Lead: H 5 
 PassAll Pass
 
S 4 3 2
H K Q 10 4
D A K 7 3
6 H SouthC K J

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?

A. Lead a spade to the nine to force East to return a spade.

B. Lead a spade to the queen to force East to return a spade.

C. Lead the 4th diamond and discard a spade instead of ruffing in dummy.

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3. S 7 5 2WestNorthEastSouth
N-S VulH 10 9 5 4 3
D K Q
C 7 5 2
 TablePassPass
Lead: C K 
 All Pass
 
S A K 9 4
H A 8 7 6 2
D 10 4
4 H SouthC A J

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?

A. Exit with a trump to force a spade lead into your A-K-9.

B. Cash the S A-K and then exit with a trump.

C. Cash the S A-K and then exit with a spade.

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek