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Time To Get Tough!


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 3 NT South

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

(No enemy bidding)

How many top tricks? _____

How many diamonds did West probably start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead a spade to the jack
  2. Lead a heart to the jack
  3. Run the clubs immediately
2. 3 NT South

S 6 5 4
H 7 5 2
D A 7 6
C A Q 3 2
Lead: H 6TableEast plays H Q
S K Q
H A J 10
D K 5 4 3
C K J 8 6
None Vul

West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
2 H
All Pass
South
2 NT

How many top tricks? _____

How many hearts did West probably start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck the first trick
  2. Win the H A and duck a diamond
  3. Win the H A and lead the S K
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S 7 5 3
H J 10 9
D Q 10 8 6 4
C A Q
Lead: H 5TableEast plays H 4
S Q 4
H A K 3
D K J 9 2
C K 8 6 4

(No enemy bidding)

How many top tricks? _____

How many hearts did West probably start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the H J and lead the D 4
  2. Win the H J and lead the S 3
  3. Win the H K and lead the D 9
4. 4 S South

S 5 3 2
H A 3
D 8 7 6 2
C K 7 6 5
Lead: H 9TableAssume a 3-2 trump break
S A K 10 7 4
H K 7 5 2
D 4
C A 10 3
None Vul

West

Pass
North

2 S
East
1 H
Pass
South
1 S
4 S (AP)

How many top tricks? _____

How many hearts did West probably start with? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Win the H A and cash two top spades
  2. Win the H A and lead a diamond
  3. Win the H A, H K and lead a heart
TopMain 5. 4 H South

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

(No enemy bidding)

How many top tricks? _____

Which two cards do you play to the first trick? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Lead the S 2 to the jack
  2. Lead the C 2 to the nine
  3. Draw three rounds of trumps
6. 4 S South

S A 7 6 2
H A K
D A 8 5 4
C K Q 3
Lead: H 10TableAssume a 3-2 trump break
S 9 5 4 3
H J 7 4
D 6 2
C A 6 4 2
None Vul

West

Pass
North
1 D
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S

How many top tricks? _____

What is the most likely club break? _____

What is the best play? _____

  1. Duck a diamond then duck a spade
  2. Duck a spade then duck a diamond
  3. Duck two rounds of spades
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Answers

1.8
4
A

2.7
1
A

3.6
5
C

4.8
2
B

5.9
K-7
B

6.8
4-2
A

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