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Made To Be Endplayed

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
Both Vul
S 8 6 4 2
H A K Q 2
D 10 9 2
C A 3
West

Pass
All Pass
North

3 S
East

Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Lead: H J Table
 
 
 
S A K 7 5 3
H 4 3
D Q 6 5 4
4 S SouthC K 2

Assuming a 3-1 trump break, how many sure tricks can you win?

What is the critical suit that you hope to force an opponent to lead?

After winning the opening lead, how many rounds of trumps will you lead?

Does it matter which opponent has three spades?

Which side suit will you lead first?

Which side suit will you lead next?

Which suit do you expect to lead to put an opponent on lead?

How would you rate your chances to succeed?

A. Almost certain
B. Fair
C. Poor

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2.
None Vul
S 7 6 5
H A Q 4 3
D 10 6 2
C A K J
West

Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass
North
1 C
3 H
5 H
6 D
East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
South
2 H
4 NT
5 NT
6 H
Lead: D Q Table
 
 
 
S A Q 8
H K J 10 9 8 7
D A K
6 H SouthC 4 3

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

What is the critical suit that you hope to force an opponent to lead?

After winning the opening lead, how many rounds of trumps will you lead?

Do you plan to take the club finesse?

Do you plan to take the spade finesse?

Which suit will you ruff before the endplay?

Which suit do you expect to lead to put an opponent on lead?

How would you rate your chances to succeed?

A. Almost certain
B. Fair
C. Poor

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3.
N-S Vul
S Q J 10 4
H K 8 3 2
D A 3
C K 6 3
West

Pass
Pass
All Pass
North

3 S
4 D
East

Pass
Pass
South
1 S
4 C
6 S?
Lead: D K Table
 
 
 
S A K 9 8 5
H A 9 6
D J 4
6 S SouthC A J 2

Assuming a 3-1 trump break, how many sure tricks can you win?

Which suit (if led by an opponent) might give you the contract?

After winning the opening lead, how many rounds of trumps will you lead?

Do you plan to take the club finesse?

Will you cash your top clubs before the endplay?

How many hearts will you cash before the endplay?

Which suit do you expect to lead to put an opponent on lead?

How would you rate your chances to succeed?

A. Almost certain
B. Fair
C. Poor

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek