Main   Exercise 4T29 by Richard Pavlicek  

Time To Get Tough!

As South, answer each question about the play.

1.
None Vul
S J 4 3
H J 7 3
D Q J 4
C A J 8 4
Lead: D 2 Table
 
 
 
S 7 6 5 2
H A 6 4 2
D A K
3 NT SouthC K Q 2

No enemy bidding

How many top tricks?

How many diamonds did West probably start with?

What is the best play?

A. Lead a spade to the jack

B. Lead a heart to the jack

C. Run the clubs immediately

2.
None Vul
S 6 5 4
H 7 5 2
D A 7 6
C A Q 3 2
West

Pass
North

3 NT
East
2 H
All Pass
South
2 NT
Lead: H 6 TableEast plays H Q
 
 
 
S K Q
H A J 10
D K 5 4 3
3 NT SouthC K J 8 6

How many top tricks?

How many hearts did West probably start with?

What is the best play?

A. Duck the first trick

B. Win the H A and duck a diamond

C. Win the H A and lead the S K

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3.
E-W Vul
S 7 5 3
H J 10 9
D Q 10 8 6 4
C A Q
Lead: H 5 TableEast plays H 4
 
 
 
S Q 4
H A K 3
D K J 9 2
3 NT SouthC K 8 6 4

No enemy bidding

How many top tricks?

How many hearts did West probably start with?

What is the best play?

A. Win the H J and lead the D 4

B. Win the H J and lead the S 3

C. Win the H K and lead the D 9

4.
None Vul
S 5 3 2
H A 3
D 8 7 6 2
C K 7 6 5
West

Pass
All Pass
North

2 S
East
1 H
Pass
South
1 S
4 S
Lead: H 9 TableAssume a 3-2 trump break
 
 
 
S A K 10 7 4
H K 7 5 2
D 4
4 S SouthC A 10 3

How many top tricks?

How many hearts did West probably start with?

What is the best play?

A. Win the H A and cash two top spades

B. Win the H A and lead a diamond

C. Win the H A, H K and lead a heart

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

No enemy bidding

How many top tricks?

Which diamonds do you play at trick one?

What is the best play?

A. Lead the S 2 to the jack

B. Lead the C 2 to the nine

C. Draw three rounds of trumps

6.
None Vul
S A 7 6 2
H A K
D A 8 5 4
C K Q 3
West

Pass
North
1 D
4 S
East
Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
Lead: H 10 TableAssume a 3-2 trump break
 
 
 
S 9 5 4 3
H J 7 4
D 6 2
4 S SouthC A 6 4 2

How many top tricks?

What is the most likely club break?

What is the best play?

A. Duck a diamond then duck a spade

B. Duck a spade then duck a diamond

C. Duck two rounds of spades

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek