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How’s Your Timing?

As South, answer each question. Assume you are playing matchpoint duplicate bridge.

1.
Both Vul
S K 6 2
H A 7 5 4 3
D 6 2
C 7 6 5
Lead: S 3 Table
 
 
 
S A Q 4
H 6 2
D J 7 5 4 3
1 NT SouthC A K 8

No enemy bidding

What is your chance (%) to win three heart tricks?

…two diamond tricks?

What is the best play?

A. Lead a diamond
B. Play the H A and another heart
C. Duck a heart

2.
None Vul
S 3 2
H 8 5 4
D 9 8 7 4 2
C A 4 2
West

Dbl
All Pass
North

Pass
East

2 H
South
1 S
2 S
Lead: H K Table
 
 
 
S A K 8 7 6 5
H A 7
D 3
2 S SouthC K Q 7 6

Do you win the first trick?

After winning the H A, which suit do you lead?

What will you do later?

A. Duck the first round of trumps
B. Win C K-A then lead the C 4
C. Win S K-A then lead another spade

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3.
None Vul
S J 7 2
H J 10 9
D J 5 2
C A Q J 7
Lead: H 5 TableEast plays H 4
 
 
 
S 10 6 5
H A Q 3
D A K 3
3 NT SouthC K 10 6 2

No enemy bidding

Who has the H K?

Are your chances Good, Fair or Poor? (G F P)

What is the best play?

A. Win the H J and lead the D J
B. Win the H J and run the clubs
C. Win H Q, C J then lead the S 2

4.
N-S Vul
S A J 10
H 8 6 5 2
D K 3 2
C 9 8 2
West

Pass
Pass
North

2 S
4 S
East

Pass
All Pass
South
1 S
3 S
Lead: D Q Table
 
 
 
S K Q 9 8 7
H A K 4
D A 5
4 S SouthC 7 6 5

Which suit offers the only chance for a 10th trick?

Can it work legitimately?

What is the best play?

A. Win the D A and duck a heart
B. Win the D A and lead a club
C. Duck the opening lead

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5.
None Vul
S 9 7
H A 2
D Q J 8 5 3 2
C 8 6 4
Lead: C K TableWest continues with C A-10
 
 
 
S A Q J 10 8
H K 9 6 4 3
D 4
2 S SouthC Q J

No enemy bidding

How will the missing hearts usually divide?

…the missing spades?

What is the best play?

A. Discard the D 4
B. Ruff and lead the D 4 to the jack
C. Ruff, play H A-K and ruff a heart

6.
N-S Vul
S 10 8 7 3
H 5 4 3
D K 4
C 8 6 4 2
West

2 S
Dbl
North

Pass
3 H
East
1 S
Pass
All Pass
South
2 H
3 D
Lead: S 2 TableEast wins S A and leads C 5
 
 
 
S J
H A 9 8 7 6 2
D A 10 6 3
3 H SouthC A 3

Assuming normal defense, who has the S Q?

Do you win the first club?

What is the best play?

A. Duck the first round of trumps
B. Win D K-A and ruff a diamond
C. Win H A, D K-A and ruff a diamond

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© 1994 Richard Pavlicek