Exercise 4S41 by Richard Pavlicek
As South, answer each question about the play.
Which suit is blocked?
Will you Win the first trick or Duck? (W D)
What is the best play?
A. Cash the K then lead the 4 to the queen.B. Cash the K then lead the J.C. Overtake the K with the ace and lead the Q for a finesse.
Which opponent is longer in clubs?
Would a discard on the A help you?
A. Win the A then lead the Q and let it ride if not covered.B. Win the A then lead the J and let it ride if not covered.C. Win the K and cash the A.
Which heart honor do you win at trick one?
A. Cash a second heart then draw trumps ending in dummy.B. Win the A then lead a club.C. Cash the K then lead the 10 to the ace.
Lucky you! Which suit lead would really hurt you?
How many top tricks do you have?
A. Win the K then lead the 10 and duck if West plays the jack.B. Win the K then cash the A-K and give up a spade.C. Duck the Q and unblock the 10.
How many diamonds did East start with?
A. Win one top trump then duck a club.B. Draw three rounds of trumps then cash the top diamonds.C. Draw three rounds of trumps then lead the K and pitch a diamond.
Which suit offers the best chance to succeed?
A. Win the Q then lead the 10 and finesse West for the queen.B. Win the Q and lead the 2.C. Win the Q and the A-K; if both follow, give up a spade trick.
© 1994 Richard Pavlicek