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A Matter of Timing


As South, answer each question about the play.

1. 4 S South

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

Will you win the first trick? _____

After winning H A, which two cards will make up the next trick? _____ _____

What are your plays to the next trick? _____ _____

Assuming that wins, what next? _____ _____

Then what do you lead? _____

2. 3 NT South

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

Which suit is the only hope to establish a 9th trick? _____

If you try this, how many tricks can E-W win? _____

What other chance exists to make 3 NT? _____

Which cards do you play at trick one? _____ _____

What will you lead next? _____

TopMain 3. 5 C South

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

What is the most likely club break? _____

What is the most likely diamond break? _____

Given the above, what is your basic plan? _____

How many top trumps will you cash right away? _____

What will you lead next? _____

4. 6 NT South

S A 2
H A 4
D A K Q 3
C 8 5 4 3 2
Lead: H JTable
S Q 10 5 4
H K Q
D 5 4
C A K Q 10 9

Which suit offers the best chance for a 12th trick? _____

What other chance, if any, is there? _____

Which suit has the most precious entry? _____

Which heart will you win at trick one? _____

What will you lead next? _____

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

What is your best chance to succeed? _____

How will E-W try to foil this? _____

What is another chance to succeed? _____

How will E-W try to foil this? _____

What do you do? _____

6. 3 NT South

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

If hearts are 3-2, will this give you enough tricks? _____

What other suit can you get an extra trick from? _____

Does East’s play suggest a heart continuation? _____

Can West read this signal? _____

Which cards will you play at trick one? _____ _____

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Answers

1.No
S 4S A
C 2C K
S 6S Q
C 4

2.C 
5
Squeeze
H JH 5
S 2

3.3-2
4-2
Ruff D
None
S Q

4.S 
Squeeze
D 
H A
S 2

5.Set up C
Kill entry
Ruff H
Lead S
Duck H

6.No
D 
No
No
H 2H 6

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