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Communication Hang-ups


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

1. 3 NT South

S K 10 9 8 7
H 4 3
D A J 10
C 5 3 2
Lead: D 5TableEast plays D 3
S Q
H A K 7 5 2
D Q 9 4
C A J 9 4

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

Which cards do you play at trick one? _____ _____

What is your lead and play at trick two? _____ _____

2. 3 NT South

S A K Q 4 3
H K
D 4 3
C A 9 6 5 4
Lead: H 5Table
S 5 2
H A 9 4 2
D Q 9 8 6 2
C 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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S A K 8
H 7 5 4 3 2
D 7 5 2
C A 3
Lead: S 3Table
S Q J 10 9 7
H A J
D K 8 4
C K 7 2

Which cards do you play at trick one? _____ _____

What is your lead and play at trick two? _____ _____

If West leads another trump, which cards do you play? _____ _____

4. 4 S South

S A 10 2
H Q 4 3
D Q 5 2
C A J 10 4
Lead: H JTableNorth plays H Q and East the king
S K Q 9 8 7
H A 5
D 8 4 3
C Q 9 2

Do you win the first heart lead? _____

What is your first lead and play in trumps? _____ _____

What is your first lead and play in clubs? _____ _____

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S 3 2
H 9 8 7
D J 7 6
C A 7 6 5 4
Lead: S K-ATable
S 4
H A K Q J 6
D A 10 2
C K Q 9 8

Are the enemy clubs more likely to split 2-2 or 3-1? _____

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

What do you play on the second spade lead? _____

6. 6 NT South

S A K Q J 10
H Q
D A Q J 8
C Q 5 3
Lead: D 5Table
S 9
H A K 4 3 2
D 10 2
C A 10 8 7 6

Which card do you play from North at trick one? _____

It wins. What are your plays at trick two? _____ _____

Which card do you lead at trick three? _____

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Answers

1.6
D 10D Q
S QS K

2.7
SC
C 4C 2

3.S KS 9
H 2H J
S AS 10

4.Yes
S KS 10
C 9C 4

5.3-1
4
C 8

6.D J
H QH 2
D 8

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