Main   Exercise 4S35 by Richard Pavlicek  

Communication Hang-ups

As South, decide how you would play each contract and answer the questions.

1.
None Vul
S K 10 9 8 7
H 4 3
D A J 10
C 5 3 2
Lead: D 5 TableEast plays D 3
 
 
 
S Q
H A K 7 5 2
D Q 9 4
3 NT SouthC A J 9 4

Assuming the diamond finesse works, how many top tricks do you have?

Which diamonds do you play at trick one?

What is your lead and play at trick two?

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

How many top tricks do you have?

Which two suits offer the best chance?

What is your lead and play at trick two?

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

Which spades do you play at trick one?

What is your lead and play at trick two?

If West wins and shifts to a club, will you win the Ace or King?

4.
None Vul
S A 10 2
H Q 4 3
D Q 5 2
C A J 10 4
Lead: H J TableNorth covers; East plays H K
 
 
 
S K Q 9 8 7
H A 5
D 8 4 3
4 S SouthC Q 9 2

Do you win the first heart lead?

What is your first lead and play in spades?

What is your first lead and play in clubs?

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5.
N-S Vul
S 3 2
H 9 8 7
D J 7 6
C A 7 6 5 4
Lead: S K TableWest continues with S A
 
 
 
S 4
H A K Q J 6
D A 10 2
5 H SouthC K Q 9 8

How are the enemy clubs most likely to divide?

In that event, how many club tricks can you win with routine play?

What do you play on the second spade lead?

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

Which diamond do you play from dummy?

It wins. What are your plays at trick two?

Which card do you lead at trick three?

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