Main     Exercise 4S41 by Richard Pavlicek    

A Kingdom for an Entry


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 4 H South

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

Which suit is blocked? _____

Will you win the first trick or duck? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash the S K then lead the C 4 to the queen.
  2. Cash the S K then lead the C J.
  3. Overtake the S K with the ace and lead the C Q for a finesse.
2. 4 H South

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

Which opponent is longer in clubs? _____

Would a discard on the C A help you? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the C A then lead the H Q and let it ride if not covered.
  2. Win the C A then lead the S J and let it ride if not covered.
  3. Win the C K and cash the H A.
TopMain 3. 4 S South

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

Which suit is blocked? _____

Do you win the first trick with the H Q, K or A? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Cash a second heart then draw trumps ending in dummy.
  2. Win the S A then lead a club.
  3. Cash the S K then lead the S 10 to the ace.
4. 3 NT South

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

Lucky you! Which suit lead would really hurt you? _____

How many top tricks do you have? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the D K then lead the 10 and duck if West plays the jack.
  2. Win the D K then cash the S A-K and give up a spade.
  3. Duck the D Q and unblock the 10.
TopMain 5. 6 H South

S K 10 4
H K 7 6
D A 6 5 4 2
C 8 5
Lead: D 3TableEast plays D 9 (hearts are 3-1)
S
H A Q J 10 9 8
D K Q 8 7
C A 6 3

Which suit is blocked? _____

How many diamonds did East start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win one top trump then duck a club.
  2. Draw three rounds of trumps then cash the top diamonds.
  3. Draw three rounds of trumps then lead the S K and throw a diamond.
6. 6 NT South

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

How many top tricks do you have? _____

Which suit offers the best chance to succeed? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the C Q then lead the H 10 and finesse West for the queen.
  2. Win the C Q and lead the S 2.
  3. Win the C Q and the S A-K; if both follow, give up a spade trick.
TopMain

Answers

1.S 
Win
B

2.East
No
B

3.H 
H A
C

4.C 
7
A

5.D 
3
C

6.10
S 
B

TopMain

© 2013 Richard Pavlicek